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t @gscene f GScene.Brighton PUBLISHER Peter Storrow TEL 01273 749 947 EDITORIAL info@gscene.com ADS+ARTWORK design@gscene.com James Ledward, Graham Robson, Gary Hart, Alice Blezard, Ray A-J SPORTS EDITOR Paul Gustafson ARTS EDITOR Michael Hootman SUB EDITOR Graham Robson DESIGN Michèle Allardyce

FRONT COVER MODELS Neil Borrett, Matt Brooks, Russ Brownrigg and Peter Sharkey PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Lynn www.facebook.com/jack.lynn.353

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CONTRIBUTORS Simon Adams, Ray A-J, Jaq Bayles, Jo Bourne, Nick Boston, Brian Butler, Suchi Chatterjee, Bright Daffodil, Morgan Fabulous, Craig Hanlon-Smith, Samuel Hall, Adam Mallaby, Enzo Marra, Tin Nguyen, Carl Oprey, Eric Page, Del Sharp, Gay Socrates, Brian Stacey, Michael Steinhage, Sugar Swan, Glen Stevens, Duncan Stewart, Craig Storrie, Mike Wall, Netty Wendt, Roger Wheeler, Kate Wildblood

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NEWS 6 News

SCENE LISTINGS 26 Gscene Out & About 28 Brighton & Hove 43 Solent

PHOTOGRAPHERS Matt Brooks, James Ledward, Jack Lynn, Helmut Schmidt

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23 NO TO HIV STIGMA IN 2018 The Martin Fisher Foundation launch new information campaign

24 GOLDEN HANDBAG QUIZ Who was top of the class at the 2018 Golden Quiz?

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52 STEPHEN MEAR Brian Butler talks to the Brighton based award-winning choreographer

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DJ Profile: Rob D Shopping Craig’s Thoughts Charlie Says Wall’s Words Gay Socrates MindOut Hydes’ Hopes Scene It, Done It Sugar Swan Sam Trans Man Ray AJ Phobias

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RAINBOW FUND ANNOUNCE ANNUAL GRANTS ROUND The Rainbow Fund Annual Grants Round opens on Friday, June 1.

Chris Gull, Chair of The Rainbow Fund, says: "As in previous years there is no cap on the amount that can be applied for, nor on the number of projects that any group or organisation can apply for, but the remit of the independent grants panel is to ensure that funds raised within our communities through the efforts of volunteer fundraisers, and from individual donations, is spent to achieve the most benefit from the limited amount of money available. We also need to be convinced that applicants have the ability to deliver their projects to completion.

“From June 1 the application form can be found at www.rainbow-fund.org/application-form together with a link through to a detailed description of the criteria for this years grants round. ªThe website also has a contact form, and if there are any questions regarding making an application, contact us there and we'll be happy to help." Last year LGBT/HIV organisations including Allsorts Youth Project, MindOut, Brighton GEMS, Older and Out, Peer Action, Sussex Beacon, Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, Rainbow Chorus, The Clare Project, Accessibility Matters, Trans Alliance, Whitehawk LGBT+ Support Group, LGBT Switchboard, Lunch Positive and Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, received grants totalling £110,688.

COMMUNITY ONE STOP SHOP TO OPEN ON ST JAMES STREET

PRIDE DOG SHOW RETURNS TO PRESTON PARK AGAIN IN 2018 ) The Pride Dog show, one of the most popular community events staged during the annual Brighton Pride celebrations is once again at Preston Park on Sunday, July 29, from noon-5pm. Pamper those pooches and paw your way to one of Brighton Pride’s most wonderfully accessible community events with a day of fun and barking frolics, as dogs and dog lovers come together to shine with Pride and celebrate our four-legged friends. Part of the Pride Community Day programme of events in association with Coastway Vets, the Pride Dog show will feature awards in numerous categories including Best Bitch, Dog most like their owner and of course Best in Show! There will be retail stalls, a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, a bar and refreshments for you to spend some pennies at..

) The Rainbow Fund facilitated an LGBT+ and HIV Summit last October at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, and amongst the things discussed was the value of an LGBT Centre/Community Hub/One Stop Shop. There was considerable support expressed by those groups present for the concept of a One Stop Shop were LGBT+ people could go to get information. As a first step The Rainbow Fund has secured a three-year lease on premises at 93 St James Street on behalf of the LGBT+ communities in Brighton and Hove. The new Community Hub will also act as the base for

the Outreach work delivered by The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, which until now has had to respond to call outs from a base in Portslade. Chris Gull, Chair of The Rainbow Fund, says: “These are early days, and we’re working on how we best develop the opportunities that the premises bring. Clearly we’re going to need a team of volunteers to help to decide the paths we take, and deliver the services that are decided upon. If you'd like to be considered to be part of these developments please contact us through The Rainbow Fund website: www.rainbow-fund.org.”

DRAG WITH NO NAME

CHRIS GILL

) Applications are invited from groups and organisations to fund, or part fund, LGBT+ specific, or HIV specific, projects in Brighton and Hove.

Cabaret artist Drag With No Name will judge the Novelty Classes, while industry professionals will be overseeing all entries and judging each category, ensuring every star pooch gets the recognition their proud paws deserve. To enter your dog or apply for a market stall, view: www.brighton-pride.org/pride-dog-show


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RECORD NUMBERS EXPECTED FOR BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND, 2018

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) Organisers of Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) secure biggest prize fund yet, for this year’s fundraising raffle, worth over £2,500. Raffle prizes include a money can't buy one-off piece of art worth over £1,700 from the Strange Case Company called Master Tom, and ten party packages from the Boiler Room Sauna in Hove, worth over £700. Other prizes up for grabs include an overnight stay at the New Steine Hotel in Brighton, tickets for Bent Double at the Komedia, cinema tickets at the Duke Of York’s, haircuts, afternoon teas in the best hotels in town and gift cards totalling over £200. Whether you want to be drinking Brighton Gin, shopping at Gresham & Blake, jumping off a zipwire, or partying with Dublin bears, there are prizes for everyone. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all events over BBW. Money raised will be donated to the Rainbow Fund, who give grants to LGBT/HIV organisations delivering effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in Brighton & Hove. The draw will take place at the Camelford Arms on Sunday, June 17 at 6pm. All winning tickets will be posted on the BBW Facebook group and website where you will also find a full list of prizes to be won. Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 takes place from Thursday, June 14 - Sunday, June 17, kicking off with a quiz night at the Camelford Arms on Thursday 14 at 9pm, followed by a welcome party at Bar Revenge on Friday 15 from 711pm, where you can meet visiting bears and pick up wristbands that you have ordered online.

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Wristbands, costing just £6, can be ordered from BBW's online shop or purchased in Prowler, Camelford Arms, Subline and at the welcome party at Bar Revenge. A wristband gives you great deals during the weekend, including reduced entry to events, drink deals, and store discounts. You don’t have to buy one to enjoy the weekend, but you’ll find that it pays for itself very quickly!

Zoe Lyons, Patron of the Rainbow Fund and a great supporter of BBW, said: "June 14 marks the start of Brighton’s brilliant Bear Weekend. Four days full of fantastic events guaranteed to keep every fun-loving Bear entertained. The weekend has been a huge supporter of the Rainbow Fund over the years, helping to raise muchneeded funds for local LGBT/HIV groups. At a time when government funding for such projects is much reduced, communities really do have to look after each other, so thank you gorgeous Bears. Wishing you all a fun, happy and safe weekend.” For full line-up of BBW events, view: http://brightonbearweekend.com/events/


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HIV DISCRIMINATION REMOVED FROM NEW INSURANCE POLICY GUIDANCE

) Martin Fisher Foundation won the Innovations category of the national BMJ (British Medical Journal) Awards on Thursday, May 12 at the Park Plaza Westminster in London. This highly prestigious award was given for developing a world-first touch-screen digital vending machine for dispensing free HIV self-tests at the Brighton Sauna.

) The Association of British Insurers (ABI) Guide to Minimum Standards for Critical Illness Cover (CIC), published last month, has removed discriminatory content about people living with HIV. Previously, the guidance stated that a claim for an HIV diagnosis could only be made where HIV had been acquired from a blood transfusion, a physical assault, or at work in an eligible occupation. This was clearly a moralising and discriminatory attempt to frame some people as being ‘innocent victims’ of HIV and, by implication, others as not.

With the help and support of the sauna staff, the pilot started in June 2017 and has since distributed over 300 tests. The project has been highly evaluated with 95% saying they would recommend this type of testing to others. Now the second generation of machines are ready to be rolled out across the city with the aim of ensuring everyone is aware of their HIV status. Are you ‘tested’ or ‘untested’? This project was funded by Public Health England, as part of the HIV Innovations grant 2016/7.

THT FREE HIV SELF TESTING PROGRAMME ) Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), Britain’s leading HIV and sexual health organisation, has launched a programme that will enable all gay and bi men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans women to order free HIV self testing kits. The service will provide free HIV self tests, provided by BioSure, that people can do in the privacy of their own home (or wherever they feel most comfortable), receiving results in minutes. The tests will also be available for anyone based in the UK who identifies as black African. People who order one of the kits will also have access to support from THT Direct, the charity’s information and advice line, who are there to provide information and support whatever the result. The development and launch of the service has been made possible, for up to a period of six months, by a legacy left by the late actor Alec McCowen CBE. However, the charity is seeking charitable donations from supporters with the aim of being able to extend it for longer.

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The aim of the programme is to test the effectiveness of self testing as a method to reduce barriers to HIV testing among groups most at risk of contracting HIV. Ian Green, CEO of THT, said: "One of our strategic aims as a charity is to end HIV transmission in the UK, and increasing testing among at risk communities is an effective way to achieve this. We know that different methods of testing suit different people, and so we’re thrilled to launch this programme for those who prefer to use self testing kits at home but who perhaps can’t afford it. The programme, which is currently funded for up to six months, will enable more people from at risk communities to know their status and access early, effective treatment if required. This will ensure that fewer people are living undiagnosed with HIV, and that they can live long, healthy lives, with no risk of passing the virus on to future partners.” There are an estimated 10,400 people in the UK who don’t know that they’re living with HIV, which means that they are not on effective medication and could unknowingly be passing the virus on. Regular HIV testing enables people who have a reactive (positive) result to access effective treatment earlier, which increases their ability to live a long and healthy life, and prevents them from transmitting HIV on to current or future sexual partners. To find out how to support the programme or, if eligible, order a free self testing kit, view: http://test.tht.org.uk

It was also the case that if a policyholder was diagnosed with HIV after purchasing a CIC policy, their policy would effectively be rendered void as HIV excluded them from claiming on any other illness listed in their policy. National AIDS Trust (NAT) highlighted this discriminatory wording in their 2017 report HIV and Finance, then met the ABI to discuss how the guidance could be improved,

and influenced both the ABI consultation document and the revised ABI guidance. Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT, said: “We welcome the new guidance on critical illness cover published by the ABI. The previous wording on HIV included in the guidance was judgemental, stigmatising and discriminatory. No other critical illness was treated in such a manner, and we’re grateful that the ABI have listened to our feedback and made this vital and long-awaited change. It’s now crucial that insurers review their CIC policies as soon as possible to ensure they do not contain discriminatory wording on HIV. DEBORAH GOLD

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“Despite these welcome steps forward, CIC remains unavailable to those already living with HIV because insurers deem them too risky for cover. We hope the publication of this new guidance will encourage insurers to review their terms and make their CIC policies available to people living with HIV.”

HIV CHARITY CELEBRATES 9TH BIRTHDAY ) Lunch Positive is nine on Friday, June 1, which is also the start of National Volunteers’ Week. The lunch club, attended by 40-60 people each week, aims to provide a supportive, safe, peer-led community space where people meet to socialise, share peer support, a healthy meal, and have access to a range of support services. The input of people with HIV and volunteering underpin everything achieved by the lunch club, with volunteers involved in every aspect of the service and the charity. Since 2009 Lunch Positive has provided a weekly lunch club for people with HIV, delivered by volunteers and led by people with HIV. Volunteers have given a total of over 30,000 hours to deliver the lunch club. The charity are celebrating with a series of special lunches during June, and the publication of its 2017-18 annual report, highlighting its achievements, contributions to the community, members and peers, stakeholders and volunteers.

Birthday celebrations also include two special videos demonstrating what the charity does and celebrating the contributions of their volunteers. Volunteers will take part in a special National Volunteering Week video, produced by Brighton & Hove City Council, and in a special video being commissioned by the charity itself. Gary Pargeter, Service Manager, said: “Producing our annual service evaluation and report is a meaningful reminder of the challenges that being HIV still present, and the powerful impact of peer support when people spend time together at the lunch club. The people we get to know as members, the amazing contributions of volunteers, and the support of the wider community, really are wonderful things to be part of, and we’re incredibly grateful for. Thank you absolutely everyone for what you bring to our community, and helping us to continue to provide this support into our 10th year!”

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LGBT+ PEOPLE AND CANCER New research published into the experiences of LGBT+ people in Sussex affected by cancer

) Macmillan Cancer Support and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard have published the findings from recent research about the experiences and needs of LGBT+ people in Sussex who are affected by cancer. It provides an insight into how LGBT+ people affected by cancer in Sussex can be best supported, and areas where patient experience can be improved. The report is based on findings from a small online survey, several in-depth interviews and two small focus groups with LGBT+ people affected by cancer and healthcare professionals. Issues raised by participants included a lack of LGBT+ specific information and support; LGBT+ people being afraid to disclose their sexual orientation or trans status because of fears about homo/bi/transphobia; lesbians being told they don’t need cervical screening; and transgender people not receiving adequate information about the need for cervical and prostate screening. Jackie Hutchinson, research participant, said: “This research into the experiences of LGBT+ people affected by cancer is an important piece of work. Attending the consultation has already improved my experience of accessing healthcare for cancer as a bisexual person, because it gave me a chance to review things, share information and gain perspective. Monitoring of LGBT+ people is an important step to improve our experiences of service provision and reducing inequalities in healthcare.” Recommendations in the report include providing LGBT+ awareness training for all cancer healthcare professionals; develop LGBT+ specific cancer information resources; and develop LGBT+ specific peer support groups for those affected by cancer.

Daniel Cheesman, CEO of Switchboard, said: “This is an important piece of research and one that highlights the barriers that LGBT+ people face receiving and experiencing care. Whilst there is so much good work happening with regards to equality, it is disappointing to learn that many people still face significant prejudices, and at times when they are most vulnerable. Wrong assumptions are often made about a patient’s sexuality or gender identity and this is very damaging. It is encouraging that Macmillan are so open to improving the patient experience for LGBT+ people and we welcome the opportunity to work with them through our successful improving health project.” Richard Longrigg, Partnership Quality Lead South East, added: “We’ve gained valuable insight from this work about the experiences of LGBT+ people living with and affected by cancer. It’s shown what areas to consider to further improve patient experience; and where support and information is required to enable professionals to feel confident identifying specific areas of support relating to a patient, carer or family members’ LGBT+ identity. We would like to thank all of the participants, both LGBT+ community members and professionals, who volunteered their time to share their personal experiences to help us better understand the needs of LGBT+ people living with and affected by cancer.”

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Valentine Mulholland, another participant, said: “A cancer diagnosis is already devastating and touches on every part of your life. Providing the support cancer patients need means recognising who they are, including their sexual and/or gender identity and who their significant others are. Whilst the NHS services in Brighton were amazing, I did encounter some issues with a national charity and a hospital outside of Brighton that were unhelpful at a time when the last thing you need to do is fight to be recognised. I participated in this research to shine a light on why all cancer healthcare services and providers need to be inclusive of LGBT+ people.”

DISTRESS IN MEN FOLLOWING PROSTATE CANCER CAN BE REDUCED

) A new web-based support programme, offering online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions and filmed and interactive peer support to help reduce the psychological stress impacting men recovering from prostate cancer has been developed by researchers at the University of Surrey and NHS clinicians.

it helped them cope after having prostate cancer. Men reported feeling empowered by the programme, signalling a change of attitude in how they approach life postcancer. JANE COCKLE-HEARNE

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Lead author Jane Cockle-Hearne, a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, said: “Men traditionally are reticent about seeking help for their mental health, particularly when it is related to prostate cancer. This may be due to embarrassment about asking for Prostate cancer is the UK’s most common help or a reluctance to admit they have a cancer in men with over 47,000 cases problem, either physical or emotional. diagnosed annually and side effects of What we have found is that this can lead treatment, such as urinary, sexual and to longer periods of depression and bowel problems, and body issues, can anxiety, which over time can seriously have a negative effect on men’s affect a person’s quality of life and how psychological wellbeing. Recent studies well they cope with their physical problems. have shown that 65% of men with prostate cancer report unmet psychological needs “Thanks to medical advances in diagnosis and up to a third experience anxiety and and treatment, increasing numbers of men are surviving prostate cancer, which is depression. Men with prostate cancer incredibly welcome. But we must act now also have a higher risk of suicide than to treat their mental health too. This new their healthy male counterparts, showing programme will enable men to get the a lack of provision for psychological information and support they need, as well wellbeing within this group. as providing the NHS with a cost-effective A study based on the new platform, way to deliver high quality healthcare.” published in the Journal of Medical To read the report in full, view: Internet Research Cancer, reported that men who used the new system found http://cancer.jmir.org/2018/1/e8/

NEW LGBT+ SUPPORTERS’ GROUP FOR SEAGULLS FANS transphobia, racism and sexism not just from football, but from society as a whole.” The group has gained momentum over the past six months and has been ) Proud Seagulls, a new Brighton & working with Albion to become an Hove Albion LGBT+ supporters’ group, official supporters’ club. Stuart was launched last month. Stuart continued: “We’re excited by the club’s Matthews, founding member of Proud partnership with Brighton Pride 2018 Seagulls, originally had the idea for this and looking forward to supporting the LGBT+ fan group some years ago club for the city’s biggest annual event.” then, after Albion’s promotion to the Premier League last season, felt it was the right time to set up the group. Stuart said: “Most Premier League and Championship sides have a recognised LGBT+ supporters’ group, and we should be no different. In fact over the years we, as a club and fans, have suffered more with homophobic/ transphobic chants from opposing fans than any other supporters. This is something we intend to tackle to reduce and ultimately eradicate homophobia,

Proud Seagulls is a member of Pride in Football an alliance of the nation’s LGBT+ supporters’ groups engaging with their own clubs with the aim of combatting prejudice together. For more info check out the Proud Seagulls Facebook Group.


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WORLD’S OLDEST WORKING DRAG QUEEN JOINS MAISIE ON STAGE AT LEGENDS ) Darcelle XV, official holder of the Guinness World record for the oldest working drag queen, joined legendary drag queen Maisie Trollette, aka David Raven, on stage at Legends on Monday, May 14 as part of a series of events to celebrate Maisie's 85th birthday. Darcelle XV, aka Walter W Cole, has been performing in drag for 51 years and is the owner and operator of Darcelle XV Showplace in Portland, Oregon, which hosts the West Coast's longest running drag show. Walter came to Brighton especially to have afternoon tea with David Raven at the Brighton Hotel on the seafront, where he presented David with a pair of diamanté earrings to celebrate his forthcoming 85th birthday. The historic meeting was filmed for a documentary about the life of Maisie Trollette/David Raven which has been in production for the last two years.

WALTER PRESENTS DAVID WITH A PAIR OF DIAMANTÉ EARRINGS

Later in the evening at Legends, Miss Jason introduced Darcelle XV and Maisie Trollette on stage to an audience of invited guests. Darcelle XV joined Maisie for a couple of numbers, and bared his 87-year-old bottom in a country & western number while wearing a pair of revealing cowboy chaps.

POPPERS AND VIAGRA TOGETHER - WHY IT MAY BE TIME TO THINK AGAIN ) Following recent medical reports, urgent research is underway by Assured Pharmacy to further explore a potentially dangerous consequence of poppers and Viagra when used together. Initial concerns suggest that in some users, the combination could be fatal. Viagra and poppers use is not uncommon in gay communities, often along with alcohol and recreational drugs. The most common side effect reported amongst combination users is a strong headache, but often dizziness, sickness and even a temporary loss of consciousness know as syncope. However, it is a serious and sudden drop in blood pressure that’s causing the most concern as this can prove to be fatal. This is the second serious health risk now linked to the use of poppers in little over a year, following the identification of poppers maculopathy which affects the eyes. In 2006 one of the key ingredients of poppers, isobutyl nitrite was reclassified as a cancer-causing drug and replaced with isopropyl nitrite. It is this substituted ingredient that is thought to be linked to poppers maculopathy although it is

not yet known what is the cause of these newly recorded symptoms. Poppers use alone reduces blood pressure and increases the heart-rate, while recorded common side effects of Viagra include headaches and blurred or impaired vision. Over 1% of the UK’s population state that they have used poppers in the past twelve months, making it the UK’s fourth most popular recreational drug. Assured Pharmacy have created a survey, that takes less than 60 seconds to complete which is completely anonymous, as part of their research.

To complete the survey, view: www.assuredpharmacy.co.uk/blog/vi agra/poppers-viagra-awareness/# Results from the survey will be used to determine how little is known about the issue and if there’s a particular demographic that requires a more urgent focus. These will be shared with Gscene and published here as soon as we have them.

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PUT YOUR WELLBEING FIRST, SAY SAMARITANS ) Samaritans are calling on parents, teachers, students and employers to put wellbeing ahead of grades this exam season. By keeping results in perspective, they says young people are more likely to do themselves justice than if they face intolerable levels of pressure and stress.

TEN YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE

The call comes as schools, colleges and universities get their exam season underway. It also echoes the theme of last month’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which focussed on coping with stress.

David first started working with Chestnut Tree House in March 2008 when he was planning his Feather & Fireworks Ball, which took place in June 2008 celebrating E3’s 10th anniversary and David’s 40th birthday. During the following decade, he has supported Chestnut Tree House, both through his company and as an individual, including organising a 10k run in Mallorca, two movie premières (Spectre and Star Wars), hosting a luncheon, taking part in the charity’s China Trek in 2015 and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, despite his fear of heights. David has also taken part in the hospice’s Pay for a Day initiative, sponsoring an incredible seven days of care. It costs £6,850 every day to provide all the charity’s care costs, both at the hospice and in families’ homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire. Since 2012, David has produced the charity’s annual flagship event, the Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball, and has introduced many new contacts and supporters to Chestnut Tree House over the years. Juliette MacPherson, Fundraising Development Manager, and Sarah Colbourne, Head of Fundraising, presented David with a special photo book to commemorate his support at a small gathering of supporters and staff who have worked closely with him over the years. They also presented him with a 50th birthday cake to mark his own special celebration in June. Juliette said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to David for his fantastic support, not only financially, but also for his loyalty and commitment over the last 10 years. We truly appreciate everything that he does for Chestnut Tree House.” Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people aged 0-19 with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. The services they offer include assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, specialist short breaks, emergency care, step down from hospital and end of life care. The Community Team cares for families in their own homes in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire, while the multi-disciplinary team offers support for the entire family following diagnosis and through the whole disease process. The charity also offers bereavement support, which includes therapy, counselling and spiritual care. There is also a specialist neonatal care service, services for under 5s, and transition advice for young people moving to adult services. They also offer care for families after the unexpected death of a child or young person, including the use of their ‘Stars’ bereavement suite. Chestnut Tree House aims to provide the best quality of life for children and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be. These combined services cost well over £3.5million each year to provide. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 7% from central government, so it relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community. www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

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) Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, organised a special celebration recently for David Hill, Director of Brighton-based events company, the E3 Group, in recognition of his 10 years supporting the charity.

Samaritans volunteer Alison Pratt, Director of Brighton, Hove and District branch of Samaritans, said: “Learning to manage your emotions is as important as learning to read and write. Teachers, employers and parents value good grades, and students put themselves under pressure to achieve. We urge anyone involved with young people and their studies to support them to look after their emotional health and

wellbeing. That way they are likely to cope better with the stress of exams and achieve more too. Whatever your stage in life, exams are not everything.” Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans run a full programme of talks in local secondary schools. For more information about Samaritans, view: www.samaritans.org/branches/bri ghton-hove-and-districtsamaritans Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed because of work or exam pressure, or who is worried about someone else, can contact Samaritans free from any phone on 116 123. The number will not show on your phone bill.

Or email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch of Samaritans where you can talk to a trained volunteer face to face.

WORKING IT OUT WITH ME ) The Sussex ME Society that works for those affected by myalgic encephalopathy (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) across the county welcomes recently published research highlighting the cognitive problems experienced by patients. Researchers reviewed 52 studies and found high rates of subjective cognitive symptoms, including forgetfulness, distractibility and word finding difficulties along with slow information processing. The work published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry indicates a similarity to deficits reported in patients with mild traumatic brain injury and whiplash. The authors of the research hypothesise that pain, fatigue and excessive interoceptive monitoring produce a decrease in externally directed attention. This increases susceptibility to distraction and slows information processing, interfering with cognitive function, in particular multitasking. Routine cognitive processes are experienced as unduly effortful.

Colin Barton of the Sussex ME Society, said: “Many of our members report that the cognitive problems they experience are as disabling as the physical symptoms of the illness.” ME or CFS that can sometimes follow a viral infection or trauma is classified as a neurological disorder. Symptoms include profound physical and mental fatigue, concentration and working memory difficulties along with mild confusion, muscle pain, sleep and mood disturbances, gastric and vision problems. To read the research, view: http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/ 2018/05/06/jnnp-2017-317823


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LUCY MALLOWS 5.10.1961 - 31.03.2018 ) Lucy Mallows sadly and unexpectedly died on Easter Saturday, March 31, 2018, at her home in Newhaven. A much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, she passed at the untimely age of 56.

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simson, was in attendance and entertainment was provided by Dave the Bear, Davina Sparkle and Jennie Castell who hosted the evening. Danny said: “It was a truly magical night with a wonderful group of friends. I arrange the party every year not only for myself, but for everyone to relax, smile, enjoy, catch up and engage with friends old and new in a safe and friendly environment. I can only but thank everyone for supporting me and my chosen charities.”

Lucy was an active environmentalist. As a proud resident of Newhaven she was involved with campaigns to access the beach and clear litter on the beach. Seagulls were close to her heart; not the football team (she was an ardent Chelsea supporter), but rather the sea birds. She photographed them and published pictures of them in settings across Brighton. Animals in general were close to Lucy’s heart. Casper, her beloved cat, often featured as a true champion on Facebook.

DANNY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY RAISES £2,206.95 FOR GOOD CAUSES ) Danny Dwyer, organiser of Bear-Patrol, held his birthday party at Amsterdam Bar and Kitchen on May 19, raising an impressive total of £2,206.95 for local good causes. Danny asked friends attending not to buy birthday presents or cards but to make a donation to his JustGiving Fundraising page to raise money for MindOut, the LGBT Mental Health Service. £1,465 was raised for their Counselling Service and a raffle on the night raised a further £741.95 for the Rainbow Fund, who give grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective front line services to LGBT+people in the city.

Queer Women’s Group. Seaford Head and Lewes were particular favourites, with literary walks a speciality.

Lucy you will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace lovely Lucy. Lucy was a woman of many and varied interests. She was a skilled photo journalist who loved working in Eastern Europe, particularly Slovakia and Hungary. A translator, linguist and published travel writer, she spent years living and working in Bratislava and Budapest. On returning to Sussex, Lucy became an active member of the LGBT+ communities. A tenor in the Rainbow Chorus, she both sang and volunteered with the choir. As a keen BLAGSS pétanque player, Lucy will be remembered for her magic, black boule and reviews of soda and lime purchased at different drinking establishments. Walking was a passion for Lucy. She liked nothing better than organising walks for the Casual Cake Walkers (a Facebook group walking group that she set up) and the Over 35s Lesbian &

Obituary written by Jane MacDonald ) Celebrating Lucy Mallows - an evening of song, and recollections of Lucy will be held on Saturday, June 23, 7-10pm, at St George’s Church, St George’s Rd, Kemptown. No flowers please. Instead, please consider making a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) - a charity in which Lucy was actively involved. The branch in Newhaven were shocked to hear Lucy had passed away, and would be most grateful for any donations in her memory. RNLI Direct Credit FR Acc Sort code: 20-68-95 Account No: 93032671 Reference: 952064 Lucy Bank name: Barclays Bank PLC, High Street, Poole, Dorset


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brandvaughan award winning lettings & sales

Kemp Town office: 110 St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1EA T: 01273 683 111 sales: option 1 www.brandvaughan.co.uk Why you’ll like it: On a quiet one-way street this attractive house delivers Georgian charm together with a stylish interior ideal for contemporary entertaining. The ground floor’s partly open, creating an inviting living room with a high ceiling, oak floor and sea views which you can admire from the window seat beneath the front bay. Discreet storage keeps it uncluttered and light and airy in the summer, with French doors ahead which open to the patio, in winter months the room becomes a cosy haven when you dim the lights and turn on the gas ’wood burning stove’. The kitchen’s cleverly designed so although sociable, the clearing area’s ingeniously tucked out of sight. Classic shaker units have solid wood surfaces and the appliances, which include a touch induction hob, grill, oven, fridge, freezer and dishwasher are integrated, whilst one unit conceals plumbing for a washing machine – so all you need to do is to open the ground floor to the patio and start the housewarming. Outside, the patio has a continental feel with raised beds planted with olive trees, and the tiled floor means that it’s another room of the house whenever you like.

12 Wyndham Street Charming Cottage OIRO £550,000 The property: Grade II listed, this stylish three bedroom Georgian house has a private patio and sunny roof terrace. Stylish and comfortable, the sea sparkles at the bottom of the street and the relaxed café culture, shops and restaurants of Kemp Town Village, which hosts the hospital and Brighton College, are at the other. Within walking distance of the Marina’s cinemas as well as the cultural heart of the city and the station, it’s a great home, weekend retreat or investment.

In brief: Style: Georgian Grade II terraced house Bedrooms: 3 double Living rooms: 1 spacious Bathrooms: 1 Parking: Permit C zone Location: Kemp Town Village

At the top of the stairs, a glamorous, east facing roof terrace is ideal for enjoying with friends or for quiet, romantic nightcaps and next door, the first of the double bedrooms is currently used as an artist’s studio, and like all the back of the house, has energy efficient windows in keeping with the age of the house. Spanning the full width of the building, the second bedroom is a generous size and with fitted wardrobes in place and restful, oblique sea views, it will impress your guests. The second floor is effectively a peaceful and private master suite. At the back, the luxury bathroom’s lined in stone and it’s big enough for both a contemporary double ended bath,

which has a shower attachment, and a separate shower with a rainfall head. Looking over the Victorian, listed fire station, (now a house!) the comfortable master bedroom also looks down to the sparkling sea, and with a wall of wardrobes, you’ll have all the storage you could dream of. Bear in mind: The building is nicely placed in the middle of the Regency terrace, so you have wonderful sea views, but are shielded from noise emanating from the seafront or village. What the owner says: “It is lovely to entertain here, but it can also be a peaceful refuge after the fun we have out there!” What’s around you: Shops: Local a 1 minute, The Lanes about 10-15 Train Station: Brighton Mainline 10-15 minutes by bus Seafront or park: Seafront 1 minute, Queen’s Park 10 minute walk Closest Schools: Primary: Queen’s Park, St Lukes; Secondary: Dorothy Stringer or Varndean; Private: Brighton College The lifestyle: This beautiful Grade II listed house is in a sought after Georgian terraced street with the beach at one end and friendly local cafes, restaurants and shops at the other. Close to the fashionable St James’ Street, the hospital, law courts and Amex are nearby and good schools, the theatres and Lanes of central Brighton are all within walking distance as is the Marina with its health club, cinemas, casino and waterfront restaurants. The proximity to the station and A23/27 also make this spacious home a viable proposition for those needing regular links to the airports or London on a regular or weekly basis.

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THANK YOU FOR LISTENING... ) After 33 years of dedicated service, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard’s longest serving volunteer, Jenny Bennett, is hanging up her phone headset as she moves on to pastures new up north.

Daniel Cheesman, CEO, said; “Last summer, we engaged with the local LGBT+ communities through the ‘Your Switchboard Needs You’ campaign. It was clear that whilst people were aware of the long, 43- year, history of Switchboard, there was sense of not being sure of what we offer, other than the helpline.

When asked what she has most enjoyed about her time with Switchboard and what she would miss most, Jenny said: “The highlight for me was being one of the four Pride Ambassadors in 2014, it was a real honour. I’ll miss supporting the callers, of course, as well as working with the other Switchboard volunteers, and I‘ll miss the routine of going into the office for a shift.”

“We’ve listened to this feedback and our new logo and brand aim to highlight all Switchboard projects under our new tag line ‘connecting you to LGBTQ support’. We want to tell people that Switchboard is a charity for LGBT+ people looking for a sense of community, support or information. We support them directly through specially developed services, or link them to other organisations.”

Dawn Draper, Switchboard’s Chair of Trustees, said: “We thank Jenny for all of her enthusiasm, contribution and support to Switchboard; we have all really appreciated the time and commitment she has given over many years to our staff, volunteers and those in the LGBT+ community who have used our helpline.”

One of the considerations of Switchboard was whether or not they should change their name. Daniel continued: “We thought long and hard

Daniel Cheesman, Switchboard’s CEO, presented Jenny with a leaving certificate and gift, and said: “We talk a lot nowadays about LGBT+ icons – we often look in the media and to celebrity for them, when they are normally much closer to home. Over the years, Jenny has become a local icon, for her dedication to LGBT+ people in her community and to those she has supported at Switchboard. We thank Jenny on behalf of the hundreds of callers she has supported over the last 33 years and hope she enjoys her well-earned retirement.” Taking the opportunity to encourage others to consider volunteering for Switchboard, Jenny said: “In this mixed up world we live in, by giving a little of yourself, your time and a listening ear, you would be helping another LGBTQ person to unburden their soul as they talk through what might be troubling them.” If you’re considering volunteering with Switchboard and training as a listening volunteer, view: www.switchboard.org.uk

Switchboard is rolling out their new logo and brand in the lead up to the summer and various outreach events, including Pride and Trans Pride. Daniel added: “We’ve worked with a volunteer on devising the new brand and logo. We didn’t want to spend money on paying someone to do this at a time when charity funds are increasingly needed to finance our front line services. “Connecting people to LGBT+ support is what we do, through our general or trans survivors’ helpline or one of our LGBT+ specific projects, including the Health and Inclusion Project, Older LGBTQ Project, LGBTQ Disability Project and the Rainbow Cafe for those living with dementia. We’re clearer about communicating what we do and how it supports and aligns with other organisations in the city.” For more info, view: www.switchboard.org.uk

GSCENE COLUMNIST WALKS FOR FRIENDS OF SUSSEX HOSPICES ) To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the modern hospice movement in the UK, Gscene columnist Duncan Stewart has completed a 200-mile trek round Sussex to raise funds for the Friends of Sussex Hospices (FOSH) FOSH raise funds for all 12 of the county's hospices, who annually have to raise 80% of their running costs with the NHS contributing only 20%. DUNCAN STEWART

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To thank Jenny for the huge contribution that she has made over the years, Switchboard threw Jenny a leaving party at the Bedford Tavern last month. Joined by Switchboard team members old and new, Jenny reflected on her time with the charity: “When I joined, you could only tell a close friend where the Switchboard office was and you could only join by being recommended by a friend. I felt it was like being part of a secret society with all the secrecy!”

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) Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard launched their new brand and logo last month to give clarity to how they support local LGBT+ people. Switchboard is the city's longest established LGBT+ organisation providing a listening ear to LGBT+ people in Brighton & Hove since 1975.

about changing the name. One of our challenges with the ‘Switchboard’ name is that some people only associate this with the helpline. We’re very proud of the 43 years of service that the charity has provided to the community and the trust that comes along with this legacy and, as such, felt it was important to keep our name. Instead, we’re confident that our website, communications and logo will help us tell our story and communicate our offer in a more coherent and relevant way.”

Duncan says: “I was lucky enough to have met Dame Cicely Saunders, whose work in London in the 1960s laid the

foundations of the outstanding hospice care network that we have today. From my work as a GP and, more recently from being involved at The Martlets, I’ve seen first-hand just how much vital support and comfort hospices provide. Their work touches all our lives; it’s freely open to all and yet is only partly funded by the government.” Duncan's walk to date has raised a magnificent £3,439.26, plus £575.75 Gift Aid, and is still rising. If you would like to add to Duncan’s total, view: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/d uncan-stewart3


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Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Annual Conference University of Brighton 19-20 July 2018 The third annual conference is being held at the University of Brighton in the run up to Trans Pride. The Annual Brighton Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference seeks to bring trans, non-binary and intersex people, researchers and allies (as well as those who seek to work better with trans, non-binary and intersex people) together in order to work towards making a more trans, non-binary and intersex inclusive society. This year, following feedback from last year, the organisers have linked up with Intersex UK to improve the representation of intersex issues within the programme including a panel, films and Q&A.

Keynote speakers include: Prof Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University), Munroe Bergdorf (activist and model) and a panel of speakers from Intersex UK facilitated by Holly Greenbury and Dawn Vago. The conference is funded by University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group. The event is free for a small number of staff from these organisation and members of the trans, non-binary and intersex community. A small attendance fee is charged for all other participants.

Registration is now open and the event is likely to sell out early. Tickets can be found at the University of Brighton shop or by following this link https://shop.brighton.ac.uk/conferences-andevents/social-sciences/research-conferences/the-annual-brighton-trans-nonbinary-and-intersex-conference-2018

HATE CRIME? HARASSMENT? ABUSE? Work? College? Uni? Night Out? If you have been subjected to any form of Hate Crime, Harassment, Verbal or Physical Abuse we can assist you in reporting it. Don't be put off from REPORTING  a CRIME.

NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU IT’S NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH!

HOW CAN WE HELP? We can support you in the following way: ) Third Party Reporting ) Assisting you at the Police Station ) Advocating on your behalf to ensure your case

is processed appropriately by the Police/Council ) Advice on Personal Safety ) 24/7 emotional support (via our helpline)

If you need our support contact us on 01273 855620 or email us at info@lgbt-help.com The LGBT Community Safety Forum is an independent group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) volunteers in Brighton & Hove. For more info: lgbt-help.com • Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum is is a member of Working To Connect LGBT Small Groups Network, funded by the Rainbow Fund • Listening Ear Service provided by the Samaritans • This Advert was paid for  with a grant from the Rainbow Fund.


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SEA SERPENTS RFC END SEASON ON WINNING STREAK ) Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC won their first league match, against East Grinstead third team, at the end of April (28). The match was played at Hove RFC as part of the Club’s league commitments of playing 18 matches over the season. Dan Humphrey scored a try within a minute of kick off. Three more trys followed scored by Kevin Mann, Nick Simpson and Ryan Irvine (all converted by Mann) to take the score to 26-0 after 30 minutes. East Grinstead responded with two tries (one converted) to finish the half 26-12. In the second half East Grinstead rallied but, despite scoring two tries (unconverted), the match finished 33-31 for the Serpents. Celebrations followed with a few bottles of port in the changing rooms, continued in the club house, then later in the evening at Envy where the club hosted a Masked Ball to raise funds for themselves and for MindOut, the LGBT mental health service.

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On Saturday, May 5, the Sea Serpents RFC played a post-season friendly against the Wessex Wyverns RFC from Southampton as they both prepare to play in the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June.

The sides previously met twice in the 2016-17 season, with the Serpents losing on both occasions, 32-0 away and 10-58 at home. After a year having gained experience playing a full season of league rugby in Sussex RFU Harvey’s of Sussex 4 East ‘Bonfire Boy’ division, the Serpents ran out 78-5 winners. Following the match, both teams went to the Camelford Arms, the sponsors of the Sea Serpents’ kit, for a well deserved beer and buffet laid on for the players. The Sea Serpents undertake a sponsored fundraising static cycle ride on May 26 at the Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen, cycling from Hove RFC (their home ground) to Amstelveense RFC (the ground for the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam), a distance of 320 miles. They start at noon with the Chairman, Captain and Coach leading the way. Static Bikes have been lent by David Lloyd Clubs at the Marina. The day will continue into the evening with Jason Thorpe hosting karaoke. There will be a fundraising raffle also throughout the day. Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents are Sussex's first fully inclusive rugby club, encouraging GB&T guys to learn, experience and play rugby in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. They are members of the Sussex RFU, the RFU and IGR - the body that encourages inclusive rugby across the world. For more information check out Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC on Facebook, or email: info@bhssrfc.com


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ORGANISERS PROMISE A BIGGER TRANS PRIDE, 2018 ) Organisers of Trans Pride 2018 are planning a week long series of exciting events culminating with a march along Brighton and Hove seafront to a park event in Brunswick Square Gardens, Hove on Saturday, July 21.

BEAR-PATROL QUIZ RAISES £305 FOR THE GIVEGAIN GROW PROJECT Trans Pride Committee (pictured above from left to right): Ashleigh (Site Manager); Grace (Community Outreach Lead); Dani - (Project Coordinator); Angela (Stage Lead & Trustee); Sarah Savage (Trustee); Natalie (Project Lead & Trustee); Sukey (Treasurer); Michelle (Volunteer Lead); Kai (Accessibility & Trustee) The organising committee for Trans Pride 2018 are planning to increase the number of official events throughout Trans Pride Week, to reflect the diverse and different needs of the city's varied Trans communities including exhibitions, creative workshops, a vinyl night, gaming night, arts night and live music. A spokesperson for Trans Pride said: "We've worked incredibly hard this year to put together a much more diverse programme to suit all tastes and we feel like the communities should expect something bigger and better this year." On Saturday, July 21, there will be a march starting from central Brighton (location to be confirmed), proceeding along the seafront to Brunswick Square Gardens in Hove for the main party in the park event featuring spoken word, poetry as well as community stalls and live music. The park will have accessible toilets, a hearing loop for the stage, places to get food and drink, but sorry, only assistance dogs are allowed in Brunswick Square Gardens. In the evening following the park event there will be an after party and DIY live music gig. The much-loved film night will take place on Friday, July 20, while The popular picnic will take place (weather permitting) on Sunday, July 22. If you’re interested in volunteering, email: volunteer@transpridebrighton.org, otherwise for ALL other queries, email: info@transpridebrighton.org For up to date daily information check out the Facebook group: Trans Pride Park Event 2018

MAYOR RAISES £70,000 DURING YEAR IN OFFICE ) Cllr Mo Marsh, the retiring Mayor of Brighton & Hove, announces to representatives from her five chosen charities The Sussex Heart Charity, Martlets, Rise, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Albion in the Community, she had raised £70,000 during her year in office to be shared between them.

) The Bear-Patrol quiz night and raffle, held at the Camelford Arms, raised much-needed funds for GiveGain Grow, a Gosport-based mental health project which supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues in the Gosport area. £305 was raised for the project, which is recovering from a break in to their premises. The money will cover a full year’s room rental enabling their Craft Group to continue, two years of rent on their #GosportWildGardeners Allotment in Rowner, with enough money left to replace specialist tools stolen during the break in.

The quiz was won by 'Michelle Obama's Vagina is on the Dole' team who failed to win the £300 cash prize and went home with a tin of mushy peas. RUSS & SIMON BEDFORD-SMITH FROM GIVEGAIN GROW


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NO TO STIGMA IN 2018

ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL LOCKE

The Martin Fisher Foundation are launching an HIV-stigma information campaign in July 2018, using traditional and digital platforms.

) Having gained a prestigious Public Health England HIV Innovations grant in 2017, the Foundation has been working with local filmmakers, animators, illustrators, designers, patients, clinicians, and researchers to create a thought-provoking campaign which will convey accurate and consistent information to the general population of Brighton & Hove. In fact, by connecting through social media with no geographical boundaries, they hope the project reaches a wider national and international audience. They aim to improve knowledge of recent advances in HIV andc encourage the public to stop and think about how people with HIV might feel when they hear insensitive, inaccurate and tactless comments, and what we can ALL do to change the status quo.

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What is the Martin Fisher Foundation? Why Brighton & Hove? The Martin Fisher Foundation was set up in 2015 after the death of Professor Martin Fisher to ensure there was a legacy for his passion, vision and innovation. We are working with partners across the city to ensure ‘HIV prevention’ is prioritised. This means more HIV testing, better access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the maintenance of outstanding clinical services.

threatened with violence. In society as a whole HIV stigma acts as a major barrier to HIV testing, both by preventing people from requesting the test, and also health care professionals offering it.

In fact, the Martin Fisher Foundation wants to surpass these targets and work Towards Zero This campaign will draw on the experiences of HIV across the city. Current figures for Brighton PLHIV to break down stereotypes and & Hove stand at 87-98-98. misconceptions, dispel common myths and show how stigma can adversely affect an individual. What is HIV stigma? Why do we need an Through a series of participatory workshops with information campaign? people living with and without HIV, we’ve heard Stigma is defined as ‘a mark of disgrace’ or what the issues are in Brighton & Hove in 2018. ‘feeling disapproved of by society’. HIV stigma is when people with HIV are made to feel they Our mantra, 'We Learn, We Think, We Change', have something to be ashamed of. In 2018 this will emphasise how important it is for us all to is completely unacceptable, and something we have the correct information and spread the good news! We hope to shift the emphasis from can ALL do something to change. whether individuals are ‘positive or negative’ or HIV has changed dramatically since the 1980s 'dirty or clean' to whether they are ‘tested or and 90s. Treatment is much easier to take, with untested’. We have created a unique local team few or no side effects. By taking as little as with a passion for innovation to deliver this one pill once a day, people can lead normal project. healthy lives… and are doing, all around you. The treatment is now so effective that if you’re Is it really possible to work Towards Zero HIV? HIV positive and on the right tablets, you can’t This is the exciting bit! If everyone with HIV was diagnosed by increasing the availability of pass on the virus to anyone, even during sex! Apparently there are some people who still feel HIV testing, and if everyone with HIV was taking effective treatment, and if anyone without HIV sceptical about this… well, you can take it from me, an HIV Doctor… it’s completely true! but at significant risk was taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), we really can eliminate HIV. How amazing is that! We can be part of the generation which eliminated HIV!

So, what about the stigma… why do some people still fear HIV? Is it because they don’t know the facts? Is it because they haven’t moved on from the ‘tombstones’ and the ‘icebergs’? Is it because they’ve never met anyone with HIV and don’t realise they’re just the same as the rest of us? The sad thing is, HIV stigma can have a profound effect on people’s lives to the extent they can be isolated, intimidated and even

What can I can do to help? We all have a part to play - whether it’s learning the facts and talking openly about HIV, and setting people right when their knowledge is outdated; whether it’s testing regularly and encouraging others to test; whether it’s taking PrEP if you need it; whether it’s taking HIV medication every day to ensure your virus is suppressed; whether it’s sharing the stigma campaign with all your contacts when it’s launched in July; whether it’s making sure that no-one living with HIV is made to feel ashamed - we have a unique city with a unique opportunity to be world leaders in tackling stigma and ultimately eliminating HIV, so let’s get on with it!

HELP US SPREAD THE WORLD Last year, together with Brighton & Hove City Council and other collaborators, the Foundation secured Brighton & Hove as the first Fast Track City in the UK. This means we are all working together across the city to achieve the 90-90-90 targets, that is 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) know their HIV status, 90% of PLHIV who know their status being on effective treatment, 90% of PLHIV on ART achieving viral suppression and zero discrimination and stigma.

We’re seeking social media influencers, celebrities and sponsors to join this beautiful campaign, so please help us spread the word! Please get in touch if you know of anyone who might be able to help, or if you would like to know more about the Martin Fisher Foundation or the 2018 Stigma Campaign ) email us on martinfisherfoundation@gmail.com).

t or follow us on Twitter @MartinFisherFo1 and @Stigma_saur ) or visit our website www.themartinfisherfoundation.org

Collaborators: Martin Fisher Foundation (MFF); Public Health England (PHE); Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH); Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS); University of Brighton (UoB); patient representatives; Film & Content; Diptico.


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IT’S OFFICIAL - RAINBOW CHORUS ARE TOP OF THE CLASS! ) Twenty-seven teams from local LGBT+ community organisations and businesses battled it out at Charles Street Tap on Tuesday, May 15 to establish who has the brightest LGBT+ supporters, staff and volunteers in the city. The Rainbow Chorus, Brighton's longestablished LGBT choir, came top of the class of 2018, taking the first Golden Handbag Award of the season with 98 and a half from a possible 117 points. Charles Street Tap and Bear-Patrol came joint second with 96 and a half points. Teams took part from all sections of the city's LGBT+ communities, including two teams from the Gay Men's Dance Group, making their Quiz debut, a team of HIV consultants from the Martin Fisher Foundation, three of the main local LGBT choirs and Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC. Businesses represented included Charles Street Tap, Doctor Brighton’s, Subline, Legends, Marine Tavern, Camelford Arms, Bedford Tavern, Bar Broadway, Bone Idol and Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen. The winners will be presented with a Golden Handbag Award at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Sunday, July 1 and will be given the front cover of Gscene Magazine in October to promote their community activities. Special thanks to Stephen Richards aka Lola Lasagne, Jon Hughes aka Sally Vate, Nicki Delmege, Rupert Ellick, Chris Marshall and all his

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staff at Charles Street Tap for delivering another memorable community evening, and most importantly all the teams for entering into the spirit of the occasion. Jon Hughes aka Sally Vate, sporting a Vote Vate Tshirt, said: “What a fantastic evening, bringing everyone together in one place. This is what community is all about! Oh yes, vote for me in the Golden Handbag Awards.”

MINDOUT

£540 was raised for the Rainbow Fund to distribute in their October grants programme. The Rainbow Fund give grants to LGBT/HIV organisations who deliver effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in the city.

FINAL PLACINGS: First place: Rainbow Chorus; joint 2nd: Charles Street Tap and Bear-Patrol; 4th: Brighton Gay Men's Chorus; 5th: Sea Serpents; joint 6th: Brighton Bear Weekend, Bar Broadway and Marine Tavern; 9th: Bone Idol; joint 10th: Legends Team 2 and Mind Out; 12th: Subline; joint 13th: Bedford Tavern, Gscene and Lunch Positive; 16th: LGBT Switchboard; 17th: Actually Gay Men’s Chorus; joint 18th: Camelford Arms and Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen; 20th: Doctor Brighton’s; 21st: Gay Men’s Dance Company 1; 22nd: Brighton & Hove LGBT Workers’ Forum; 23rd: Legends Team 1; 24th: Martin Fisher Foundation; 25th: Gay Men’s Dance Company Team 1; 26th: LGBT Community Safety Forum; 27th: Brighton GEMS. SUBLINE

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l 11-12 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, T: 01273 670976, www.amsterdambrighton.com l OPEN daily from 11am–late,. l FOOD Mon-Fri 11am–8pm; Sat 10.30am–8pm; Sunday roasts 12.30pm till

l 10 Steine Street, BN2 1TE, Tel: 01273 609777, www.barbroadway.co.uk l OPEN Mon–Thur 6pm–1am, Fri 5pm–3am, Sat 4pm–3am, Sun 4pm–1am l DRINK PROMOS Download the Bar Broadway app for exclusive drink deals.

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Sat (16) is the BBW present

gone, booking recommended: 01273 670 976. Full tea and coffee menu available.

l REGULARS CABARET Fridays with top entertainers

sparkling up the Amsterdam stage from 9pm: Dave Lynn (1), Sally Vate (8 & 22), Kara Van Park (15) and Mrs Moore (29). l Saturday (2, 9, 23 & 30) is KARAOKE with Jason Thorpe at 9pm; (16) is with DJ Tony B spinning tunes at 9pm.

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l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE T.G.I.F: DJ Thierre/

competitions/CD giveaways 8pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fabulous Friday: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Northern Soul/Motown/Ska night 6pm l DR BRIGHTONS House Rules: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Jason Thorpe 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self-Serve Karaoke 12pm; Fabulous Friday 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Martha D’Arthur 10pm

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l AMSTERDAM Jason Thorpe’s karaoke 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; A Month of Make Up Grand Finale: Mark Edwards/cabaret/hook-a-duck/raffle 8pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm

BEAR-A-OKE with Jon from the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC and Candi Rell on hosting duties from 5.30pm. Bar Broadway say: “You'll be able to sing your favourite songs and impress your friends. If you need a Tony to your Maria, Audrey to Seymour, or even a Roxie to your Velma, our talented hosts will only be too glad to help you out, but we’re not saying which one will do what.” BBW say: “Last year’s karaoke evening was a smash hit, so arrive early at this intimate venue to be sure of a place near the stage.”

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Monday (11) is STUDENT WARS - The Grand Final with the seven winners from the monthly contest competing for the trophy at 9pm.

l REGULARS Wednesday: win up to £100 at Tabitha’s BLANKETY BLANK from 10pm. l Thursday is Broadway’s BIG QUIZ with Ross Cameron, win great prizes (including cash) every week from 8pm. l BROADWAY JUKEBOX every Fri & Sat: download the app, pick, click, and the bar will play! l Sat (2) is A MONTH OF MAKE UP - Grand Finale, Mark Edwards’ final night including special cabaret, Hook-A-Duck and a raffle from 8pm, make-up and facepaint encouraged. l Sat (9) is BROADWAY REMIXED in the Broadway Lounge with Ross Cameron playing your fave Broadway numbers with an up-tempo beat from 10pm. l Sun is The FIREPLACE SESSIONS present top local and national acts from 8.30pm: YOU ONLY LIVE SPICe – A James Bond Special (3), Miss Treated (10), Paul Middleton (17) and Sophie Causbrook (24). l MONDAY CLASSICS: start the weekend off with classic musicals from 6pm. l Tue is PIANO SINGALONG with The Regency Singers from 9pm. All welcome to get up, sing along, or enjoy the performances.

TABITHA

some of Brighton’s best singers serenading you after lunch from 5pm: Will Mavin (3), Paul (10), Jason Thorpe (17) and Jason Lee (24).

CANDI RELL

JASON LEE

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday ENTERTAINMENT with

l BOUTIQUE DJ Franco, free CDs & competitions 8pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Trudi Styles & Piano Man 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Chillax 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Cosmic 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN cabaret: Lady Imelda 9pm

l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE The Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 10pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm

SUNDAY 3

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Will Mavin 5pm; Sunday roasts 12pm-till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres: You Only Live Spice - James Bond Special 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Shuffle: Alfie Ordinary & special guest 9pm


PICS FROM BOUTIQUE + BAR 7 CRAWLEY

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 29

JUNE

LISTINGS

BOUTIQUE

BAR 7 CRAWLEY

l 2 Boyces St, West St, BN11AN, 01273 327607 www.boutiqueclubbrighton.com l OPEN 5pm–late Sat, 8pm–late Mon, Wed & Fri. l DRINK PROMOS daily specials including 3 J-Bombs £5, 2 vodka mixers £5, 2 l ONE FOR THE DIARY Every Saturday, hit the

dancefloor with renowned DJs/themes/giveaways from 8pm: Franco (2), Sol (9 & 23) and Klipz (16 & 30). Take the party home with a free CD of the tunes from the evening! l Saturday (9): free KARAOKE to groups over 10 or more when quoting Gscene on the door. Boutique say: “We have DJs playing the best loved tunes, including our newest DJ Sol, who plays for the most exclusive venues and will be bringing down the house and showing us some new tricks!”

l REGULARS Friday is T.G.I.F with superstar DJs Thierre (1, 8 & 29), Sol (15) and Franco (22), plus competitions, giveaways and lots of antics!

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST TAP cabaret: Lady Imelda 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm roasts 12pm l INFINITY BAR cabaret: Miss Terry Tour 2pm; Sunday Funday 7pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Topsie Redfern 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Fleur de Paris 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Guest Spot: Tom Kholer 3pm; Double cabaret: Dave Lynn 6.30pm & 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN roasts 12-5pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Sunday roasts, jazz & raffle 12pm

MONDAY 4

l BAR BROADWAY Monday Classics 4pm

l BRIGHTON SAUNA You Takin’ the Piss? watersports night 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Gaymers Night: consoles, board/card games 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self Serve Karaoke 12pm; Hosted karaoke 8pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Andy WoonMick Hamer & Gerry Higgins 2pm; Will Gardener & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Monday Madness: Kara Van Park & Rupert 8.30pm

TUESDAY 5

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Piano Singalong with the Regency Singers 9pm l BAR REVENGE LipSync for Your Life: cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l INFINITY BAR Infinity Music Your Way 12pm; You’re the DJ 6pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live blues: Dr Blue 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Vicki Vivacious 9.30pm

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Tuesday (29) is the BACK TO SKOOL DISCO with Tutu from 8pm, fancy dress encouraged!

DJ LEWES OSBORNE

DJ KLIPZ

cocktails £10.

l 7 Pegler Way, Crawley, RH11 7AG, Tel: 01293 511177, www.7crawley.co.uk l OPEN daily from 6pm. l DRINK PROMOS Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat drink deals all night

l REGULARS Friday is 7-UPSTAIRS with all-star DJs playing pop/dance/guilty pleasures at 8pm, free b4 11pm. l Saturday is 7-SINS with DJ Jazzy Jane spinning tunes at 8pm, free entry till 11pm. l Wednesday is CREWSDAY with resident DJ Lewis Osborne from 7pm.


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PICS FROM CAMELFORD ARMS + CHARLES STREET TAP

JUNE

LISTINGS

CAMELFORD ARMS

CHARLES STREET TAP

l 30-31 Camelford St, BN2 1TQ, Tel: 01273 622386, www.camelfordarms.com l OPEN daily from 12pm. The Camelford is dog friendly. l FOOD Mon–Sat 12–9pm; Sunday roasts and select

l 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com l OPEN daily from 10am. l FOOD served daily from 10am–10pm, inc: breakfasts from 10am; MEAT FREE

menu served 12pm–till gone; seniors’ lunch Wed 2–3.30pm, two courses £9.50. Brighton Bear Weekend: hearty full English breakfasts for £9.90 with a wristband, including free tea or coffee, served from 10.30am on Sat (16). BBW say: “This is a great way to recover after Friday night and prime yourself for another fun-packed day!”

MONDAYS with a free smoothie with veggie & vegan meals; fresh homemade Sunday roasts from 12pm: hand carved roast beef or turkey £8.75, roast lamb shank £10.75. l DRINK PROMOS 2-4-1 cocktails Mon–Thur 5–8pm; half price drinks every Fri 5–9pm and bottles of Prosecco £15 all night; 2 for £6 on any craft cans or bottles every Sun from 5pm.

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Sun (17) is Lola Lasagne’s

or book to secure a table! BBW say: “Get ready to rack your brains and have fun (and a few beers) while doing it! The team with the most points will have a chance to win £300 cash or another prize. It’s just £2 per player to enter the quiz, each team can have up to six players, or you can play by yourself if you wish.” l Sun (17) is BBW & Father’s Day Sunday Roasts, BEAR BUST and raffle at 5pm. l Mon (18) is the BBW COME DOWN at 12pm.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun is BEAR BASH with free food and raffle at 5pm. l REGULARS Thur is the BIG CASH QUIZ at 9pm with a £300 cash prize, free sarnies and great atmosphere. l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Quiz 8pm

THURSDAY 7

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Quiz: Ross WEDNESDAY 6 Cameron & prizes 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm Jane 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha’s Blankety That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Blank: cash prize 10pm Fuller 11pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash DJ Claire Fuller 11pm Quiz 9pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CHARLES ST TAP Throwback l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm 2-3.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s l CHARLES ST TAP Silly Willy Bingo 8.30pm Wednesdays with Drag With No Name & l INFINITY BAR Thirsty Thursday 7pm cash prizes 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback l INFINITY BAR Quiz 7pm Thursday 80s Jukebox 8pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Tim Wells l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Tres & band 8pm Amigos 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS 1st Anniversary l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Jason Party: celebrate John’s 1st year 5pm; 9.30pm Sally Vate Show 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Open mic with l REGENCY TAVERN Quiz Night 8pm Jason Thorpe 8pm l SUBLINE Joystick Jockeys: gayming l REVENGE FOMO Jurassic Jungle: night 9pm Jurassic World special with DJs & decor/visuals 11pm

LOLA LASAGNE

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Thur (14) is the £300 BBW QUIZ at 9pm, arrive early

BEAR WEEKEND SPECIAL with charity fundraising ROCK & ROLL BINGO hosted by Sally Vate from 7.30pm. Lola says: “I'm spoiled! Not only am I performing at Charles Street, which is always a joy, but I'll be surrounded by loads of Brighton Bears! As a performer you don't just want to hear applause and laughter but you want something nice to look at too. Providing Rupert isn't going nuts on the bloody smoke machine! So join me for Drag Queens, bingo and bears - Oh My!”

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is CABARET at 7.30pm: Lady Imelda (3),

Martha D’Arthur (10) and Drag With No Name (24). Stick around for Sally’s ROCK & ROLL BINGO straight after the cabaret.

l REGULARS Monday is GAYMERS night at 8.30pm. l SILLY WILLY WEDNESDAYS with Drag With No Name, hilarious antics and prizes galore at 8.30pm. Drag With No Name says: “It’s as obvious a title you could possibly imagine! Expect lots of silly willyness, games and camp competition between teams - there is something for everyone! Plus it gets you out of the house for a couple of hours so you’re not stuck indoors watching The One Show. It’s a no brainer really…” l THROWBACK THURSDAY is with DJ Ruby Roo 00s guilty pleasures/90s retro anthems from 9pm.

ENVY @ CHARLES STREET TAP

l 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Fri (15) is UPROAR BBW PARTY with DJs Bozzy Bear and Rob C London with beats to get you hot and sweaty from 10.30pm, cheap drinks with BBW wristband, entry £5 with wristband/£7 without. BBW say: “We’re back to Envy for our first wild dance night of the weekend!”

l REGULARS Sat (23) is QUEER BASH, part club night, part drag show and part birthday party, with acts Alpha Bites, Anchovy, Daphne the 10 Year Old, Fuchsia Von Steel and Hans Euff from 11pm, £4 in advance, £5 on the door.

l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Mitch’s Quiz 7.30pm

FRIDAY 8

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE T.G.I.F: DJ Thierre/ competitions/CD giveaways 8pm


PICS FROM DOCTOR BRIGHTONS

32 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

JUNE

LISTINGS

THE CROWN KEMPTOWN

DOCTOR BRIGHTONS

l 24 Grafton Street, Kemptown BN2 1AQ Tel: 07949590001, http://tinyurl.com/CrownKemptown l OPEN Mon–Fri 4pm–late, Sat–Sun 1pm–late. The Crown Kemptown is a dog-friendly pub.

l 16-17 Kings Rd, BN1 1NE, Tel: 01273 208113 www.doctorbrightons.co.uk l OPEN Mon–Thur 3pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 1pm–2am; Sun 1pm–midnight. Free entry every day and night (except Fri 22). l DRINK PROMOS all day Sun–Thur; 1pm–close on Fri; 1–7pm on Sat. BOGOF cocktails all day Sun–Fri and till 7pm on Sat. Free pool with every round every day.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat (16) is the 1980s-themed FANCY DRESS PARTY serving up loads of 1980s classics from 8pm, free entry in 1980s costume.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur (21) is the Welsh-themed Night with DJ Tony Bspinning Welsh tunes from 7pm, donations to charity.

l REGULARS Fri is with northern soul/Motown/ska tunes all night from 6pm. l ZONE cabaret: Stone & Street 10pm

SATURDAY 9

l AMSTERDAM Jason Thorpe’s karaoke 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Broadway Remixed@Broadway Lounge: Ross Cameron 10pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Sol, free CDs & competitions 8pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Pooh La May 9.30pm

DJ LIZZIE CURIOUS

l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fabulous Friday: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Northern Soul/Motown/Ska night 6pm l DR BRIGHTONS The Doctor’s Party: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self-Serve Karaoke 12pm; Fabulous Friday 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN cabaret: Pat Clutcher 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Lucinda Lashes 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Dirty Tackle: sportskit night 10pm

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Fri (22) is the Pure Kylie v Dannii Minogue theme party with DJ Cheer Up from 7pm. The organisers say: “Put the Needle on It and go WOW, WOW, WOW for our Minogue Mash-Up with superstar sibling rivalry from Kylie and Dannii! All You Wanna Do is join the Celebration with us!” Get tickets online www.doctorbrightons.co.uk l REGULARS Fri (1) is HOUSE RULES with DJ Nick Hirst spinning decadent house from 9.30pm. l Fri (8) is The DOCTOR’S PARTY with DJ Tony B spinning 70s–00s tunes from 9.30pm. l Fri (15) is SOUL SOLUTION with DJ Tony B at 9.30pm. l VINYL FRIDAY (29) is with DJs playing vinyl at 9.30pm. l The SATURDAY SESSIONS with DJs Tony B (2, 9 & 23) and Nick Hirst (16) from 9.30pm. l Sat (30) is the CURIOSITY CLUB with DJ Lizzie Curious at 9.30pm.

l INFINITY BAR Chillax 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Spice 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN cabaret: Sally Vate 9pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Leathermen Meet 10pm l ZONE cabaret: Kara Van Park 10pm

SUNDAY 10

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Paul 5pm; Sunday roasts 12pm-till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Miss Treated 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Shuffle: Alfie Ordinary & special guest 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS

Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST TAP cabaret: Martha D’Arthur 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm; roasts 12pm l INFINITY BAR cabaret: Miss Terry Tour 2pm; Sunday Funday 7pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lola Lasagne 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Undead Musicians 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Guest Spot: Tom Kholer 3pm; Double cabaret: Jason Lee 6.30pm & 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN roasts 12-5pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Sunday roasts, jazz & raffle 12pm


PICS FROM GROSVENOR + INFINITY BAR

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 33

JUNE

LISTINGS

l 16 Western Street, Hove, BN1 2PG, www.thegrosvenorbar.com l OPEN daily from 12 noon–late. l DRINK PROMOS all pints £3.50 Mon–Fri 3–5pm.

JENNIE CASTELL

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday CABARET at 9.30pm: Jason Thorpe (1), Miss Jason (8), Spice (15), Davina Sparkle (22) and Jennie Castell (29). Jennie Castell says: “My audience can expect to be entertained, not just by great vocals but off the cuff humour and cheekiness! I like to give an up-tempo performance but I'm equally at home, and known for, belting out a power ballad or two! I’m really inspired by Queen, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holliday and Annie Lennox; I love a bit of rock music but also appreciate the old school sounds of soul music. The Grosvenor is a fun, lively gig with a friendly, appreciative crowd, I've always find that the faces I see there smile easily which is a blessing in this job” l REGULARS Thursday is ABEL MABEL’S BINGO at 8.30pm. l Saturday is top-flight CABARET at 9.30pm: Trudi Styles & the Pianoman (2), Pooh La May (9), Dave Lynn (16), Sally Vate (23) and Miss Jason (30).

MONDAY 11

l BAR BROADWAY Student Wars Grand Final 9pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Bears’ Night 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Gaymers Night: consoles, board/card games 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self Serve Karaoke 12pm; Hosted karaoke 8pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Hot Club Trio 2pm; Geoff Simkins & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Monday Madness: Kara Van Park & Rupert 8.30pm

TUESDAY 12

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Piano Singalong with The Regency Singers 9pm l BAR REVENGE LipSync for Your Life: cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l INFINITY BAR Infinity Music Your Way 12pm; You’re the DJ 6pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live blues: Harry Hornsey & Alfie Bernardi 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Vicki Vivacious 9.30pm

l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Quiz 8pm

WEDNESDAY 13

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha’s Blankety Blank: cash prize 10pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST TAP Silly Willy Wednesdays with Drag With No Name & cash prizes 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Quiz 7pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Neal Richardson & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Quiz Night 8pm l SUBLINE Hump Day 9pm

THURSDAY 14

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Quiz: Ross

INFINITY BAR

l 129 St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH, www.InfinityGayBar.com Facebook: Infinity Bar Brighton. Text Alerts: text ‘Infinity’ to 88802. l OPEN daily 12pm–12am. Follow social media for announcements and updates. l DRINK PROMOS Mon–Thur 12–5pm; After Work half price cocktail hour from 5pm on Fri; Bubbles Sundays with specials on Mimosa, Prosecco Royale and Bloody Marys.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is the Miss Terry Tour

MYSTERRY TOUR

GROSVENOR

spectacular CABARET show from 2pm; SUNDAY FUNDAY is from 7pm. The amazing Miss Terry Tour does comedy sketches, songs and laughs in her own unique way. Bring your sense of humour for what promises to be a raucous afternoon of top cabaret!

l REGULARS Monday is SELF-SERVE KARAOKE at 12pm; Hosted KARAOKE at 8pm. l Tuesday is INFINITY MUSIC YOUR WAY at 12pm; You’re the DJ with free jukebox credits all night from 6pm. l Wednesday is INFINITY QUIZ at 7pm. l Friday is SELF SERVE KARAOKE at 12pm; FABULOUS FRIDAY is at 6pm. l Saturday (23) is CABARET with Stephanie Von Clitz at 6pm.

Cameron & prizes 8pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 BBW Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST TAP Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s Bingo 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Thirsty Thursday 7pm

l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday 80s Jukebox 8pm l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Pollito Boogaloo 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Lola Lasagne 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Open mic with Jason Thorpe 8pm l REVENGE FOMO - World Cup Special: DJs 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Mitch’s Quiz 7.30pm


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PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR & BASEMENT CLUB

JUNE

LISTINGS

LEGENDS BAR

Expect a vocal heavy set from good time girl and scene favourite Martha D’Arthur (24), known for being somewhat of a jukebox diva! She says: “My style is very vocal heavy; I love singing with a passion and I choose songs that either get you on the dance floor at a wedding, or ones that you can heartily sing along to. I normally do something I call Juke Box Drag. I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with a good memory for lyrics so there are over 100 songs on my list that an audience can make selections from and then we piece the show together as a group Basically I'm an old-fashioned good time girl; I like a tipple and a sing along. I like to have a fun time with the crowd and I never pick on anyone, it's not my thing. Myra Dubois calls me easy listening hospital radio, and I quite like that. Sit back, hum along and enjoy... That's my style.” l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday 1 July is DOUBLE BILL CABARET to celebrate the Golden Handbags with Lola Lasagne at 3.30pm and THE BUTCH SHOW, with one half of Topping & Butch, at 4.30pm. l REGULARS Friday is PRE-GLITTER at 9.30pm with hosts heating you up with tracks and giggles before the big one downstairs. l Pre-Club sounds every Saturday from 7pm. l Miss Jason’s MAD MONDAYS from 9.30pm.

FRIDAY 15

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Kara Van Park 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE BBW Welcome Party: Jon B, Spice & DJ Grant Knowles + merch/wristbands for sale 7pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE T.G.I.F: DJ Sol/ competitions/CD giveaways 8pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fabulous Friday: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm

l CROWN KEMPTOWN Northern Soul/Motown/Ska night 6pm l DR BRIGHTONS Soul Solution: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l ENVY Uproar: BBW event: DJ Bozzy Bear & Rob C London 10.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Spice 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self-Serve Karaoke 12pm; Fabulous Friday 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Up Close & Personal with Yuna Steebich 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Jade Justine 9.30pm

l 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR, T: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com l OPEN Wed–Sun from 11pm. l DRINK PROMOS £2.50 drink deals on Wed & Thur, various promos on Fri & Sun.

DJ PETER CASTLE

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is CABARET at 3.30pm with top acts: Topsie Redfern (3), Lola Lasagne (10), Miss Jason (17) and Martha D’Arthur (24).

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday is FUSION at 11pm with DJ Peter Castle spinning chart /club remixes. Basement Club says: “HOT? Then come and get ya legs out at Fusion! Have a few pre-club drinks on the terrace followed by dancing at the big Saturday Night Dance Party with DJ Peter Castle fusing your favourite club and chart remixes together!” l REGULARS Thursday is NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL LEGENDS with DJ Claire Fuller taking you on a journey through the 70s/80s/90s! l Friday is GLITTER with DJ David Noakes’ chart/dance tracks. l Sunday is POP!CANDY with DJ Claire Fuller’s pick & mix of new /retro pop. l Wednesday is ICE with DJ Claire Fuller melting the dancefloor with chart/house/r&b.

l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Topsie Redfern 10pm

SATURDAY 16

LOLA LASAGNE

MARTHA D’ARTHUR

l 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR, T: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com l OPEN daily 11–5am. l FOOD Mon–Sat 12–5pm. Sunday lunch served 12–4pm: choose from beef, belly pork, chicken supreme or wholesome nut roast served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, homemade Yorkshire pudding and real stock gravy. Make sure you leave room for one of the moreish desserts. l DRINK PROMOS Buy one bottle of wine get 2nd half price, Mon–Fri 12–11pm.

LEGENDS BASEMENT CLUB

l AMSTERDAM DJ Tony B 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; BBW pres Bear-a-oke: karaoke with hosts Jon B & Candi Rell 5.30pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, free CDs & competitions 8pm l CAMELFORD ARMS BBW Breakfasts 10.30am l CHARLES ST TAP Fierce: DJs 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN The Big 80s Fancy Dress Party: themed night 8pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Chillax 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s

Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Miss Jason 6pm & 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN cabaret: Candy Slag in Drag 9pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE BBW Subwoofer: DJ Bozzy Bear 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm

SUNDAY 17

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Jason Thorpe 5pm; Sunday roasts 12pm-till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Paul Middleton 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Shuffle: Alfie Ordinary & special guest 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy DJ Claire Fuller 9pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS BBW/Father’s Day Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST TAP Lola Lasagne’s BBW Special with charity fundraising Rock & Roll Bingo hosted by Sally Vate 7.30pm; roasts 12pm


36 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM MARINE TAVERN

JUNE

LISTINGS

MARINE TAVERN

PAT CLUTCHER

l ONE FOR THE DIARY FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE (8) with Pat Clutcher at 9pm. l Fri (15): AN EVENING UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with Yuna Steebich at 9pm. Yuna says: “The Agony Rant Show Extraordinaire (A.R.S.E) is like a night with a counsellor, chat show host, agony aunt. I’m a host with a mind like a firework in a wheelie bin! Expect guests from the drag/performing scene, and you’rewelcome to share personal problems and seek advice. Although who knows what kind of advice you'll get!”

l REGULARS THROWBACK THURSDAY 80s music at 8pm. l Fri is JUKEBOX DISCO at 8pm. l Sun is DRAG OPEN MIC with Stephanie Von Clitz at 9pm. l INFINITY BAR cabaret: Miss Terry Tour 2pm; Sunday Funday 7pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Sam Chara 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Guest Spot: Tom Kholer 3pm; Double cabaret: Cherry Liquor 6.30pm & 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN roasts 12-5pm

l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Father’s Day roasts 12pm l SUBLINE BBW Underbears underwear party 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Sunday roasts, jazz & raffle 12pm l VELVET JACKS Live acoustic music: Mike Newsham 4pm

MONDAY 18

l BAR BROADWAY Mon Classics 4pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Fetish Night 6pm l CAMELFORD ARMS BBW Comedown

l 21 Western Rd, BN3 1AF, T: 01273 724195, www.parishousebrighton.com l OPEN daily from 12pm. l FOOD daily from 12pm–close.

POLLITO BOGALOO

l 13 Broad St, BN2 1TJ, Tel: 01273 905578, www.marinetavern.co.uk l OPEN daily from 12pm. l FOOD daily from 12–9pm; Curry & Quiz on Tue from 7.30pm (quiz starts 9pm); Sunday roasts 12–5pm, booking advised. l DRINK PROMOS Gin Club offers every Wed from 6pm.

PARIS HOUSE

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is LIVE MUSIC at 6pm: Fleur de Paris (3), the Undead Musicians (10), Sam Chara (17) and Dave Williams & band (24).

l REGULARS Mon is free LIVE JAZZ at 2pm: Andy Woon, Mick Hamer & Gerry Higgins (4), Hot Club Trio (11), Nils Solberg and Mick Hamer Trio (18 & 25); then acts with live bands at 8pm: Will Gardener (4), Geoff Simkins (11), Sara Oschlag (18) and Sam Carlese (25). l Tue LIVE MUSIC at 8pm: Dr Blue (5), Harry Hornsey & Alfie Bernardi (12), Banned Sauce (19) and Annie Lennox Tribute (26). l Wed is free LIVE MUSIC with band at 8pm: Tim Wells (6), Neal Richardson (13), Mike Fletcher (20) and Paul Richards (27). l Thur is free WORLD MUSIC at 8pm: Tres Amigos (7), Pollito Boogaloo (14), Son Guaranchando (21) and Babou with Abraham De Vega (28). l Fri is PARTY TIME with DJ Havoxx at 9pm. l Sat is AND ALL THAT JAZZ live 4pm; TC'S JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free.

12pm l CHARLES ST TAP Gaymers Night: consoles, board/card games 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self Serve Karaoke 12pm; Hosted karaoke 8pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Nils SolbergMick Hamer Trio 2pm; Sara Oschlag & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Monday Madness: Kara Van Park & Rupert 8.30pm

TUESDAY 19

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Piano Singalong with The Regency Singers 9pm l BAR REVENGE LipSync for Your Life: cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l INFINITY BAR Infinity Music Your Way 12pm; You’re the DJ 6pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Banned Sauce 8pm


7 GEORGE STREET BRIGHTON 01273 696873 www.theqabrighton.com

FRIDAY AT 9.30PM

WEDNESDAY6

JUN

SALLY VATE SHOW 9.30PM

1 JUN GABRIELLA PARRISH JUN 8JUN LUCINDA LASHES 15 JUNJADE JUSTINE 22 JUN ALLAN JAY 29 MISS PENNY6.30 &9.30

MONDAY8.30PM

SATURDAY AT 9.30PM

1 ANNIVERSARY PARTY ST

CELEBRATE JOHN’S 1ST YEAR BUY ONE GET ONE FREE TILL 9PM

MONDAY MADNESS WITH

KARA VAN PARK & RUPERT

MONDAY25JUN

TUESDAY AT 9.30PM VICKI VIVACIOUS 19

JUN

& 26

MIGUEL

GUEST VIOLINIST

AT

PM

WEDNESDAY 9.30 SALLY VATE SHOW THURSDAY AT 9.30PM

7 JUN MISS JASON 14 JUN LOLA LASAGNE 21 JUN DAVINA SPARKLE 28JUN STEPHANIE VON CLITZ

PM

2JUN COSMIC JUN 9JUN SPICE 16JUN MISS JASON 6 & 9.30 23JUN DR BEV BALLCRUSHER 30 DAVE LYNN PM

MISS TERRY TOUR

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PM

PM

SUNDAY CABARET

GUEST SPOT TOM KHOLER 3PM DOUBLE CABARET 6.30PM & 9.30PM

3JUN DAVE LYNN JUN 10JUN JASON LEE 17 JUN CHERRY LIQUOR 24 KARA VAN PARK

HAPPY HOURS

MON-THUR 5-9PM FRI-SUN 12PM-6PM

HOUSE SPIRITS + MIXER £2.50 DOUBLE UP FOR EXTRA £1

OPEN MON-FRI 5PM-LATE • SAT & SUN 12PM-LATE


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PICS FROM QUEENS ARMS + REGENCY TAVERN

JUNE

LISTINGS

QUEENS ARMS

REGENCY TAVERN

£2.50, double up for an extra £1.

l FOOD Tue–Sat 12–8pm, Sunday roasts 12–5pm, 2 for £19.95, booking

l 7 George St, BN2 1RH, T: 01273 696873, www.theqabrighton.com l OPEN 5pm Mon–Fri, 12pm Sat & Sun. l DRINK PROMOS Mon–Thur 5–9pm, Fri–Sun 12–6pm: house spirits & mixer

l 32-34 Russell Square, Brighton BN1 2EF Tel: 01273 325 652 l OPEN Sun–Wed 12–11pm, Thur 12pm–12am, Fri & Sat 12pm–1am. The Regency Tavern is a dog friendly pub.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Wednesday (6): celebrate

recommended.

CANDY SLAG IN DRAG

l REGULARS Mon is with Kara Van Park and Rupert at 8.30pm; (25) sees Miss Terry Tour take to the stage. l Tue is CABARET with Vicki Vivacious at 9.30pm, (19) and (26) with guest violinist Miguel. l Wed is the SALLY VATE SHOW at 9.30pm. l Thur CABARET at 9.30pm: Miss Jason (7), Lola Lasagne (14), Davina Sparkle (21) and Stephanie Von Clitz (28). l Fri CABARET at 9.30pm: Gabriella Parrish (1), Lucinda Lashes (8), Jade Justine (15), Allan Jay (22) and a double-helping of Miss Penny at 6.30pm & 9.30pm (29). l Sat is CABARET at 9.30pm: Cosmic (2), Spice (9), Miss Jason at 6pm & 9.30pm (16), Dr Bev (23) and Dave Lynn (30). l Sun is afternoon guest spot Tom Kholer at 3pm, then it’s a DOUBLE CABARET at 6.30pm and 9.30pm: Dave Lynn (3), Jason Lee (10), Cherry Liquor (17) and Kara Van Park (24). Cherry Liquor (17) is tacky, camp, eccentric and sure to get the party started! Known for her over the top style, Cherry performs all over the UK and internationally in San Francisco and Iceland (not the supermarket). Cherry says: “Come on down for a camp old time! I'm from Portsmouth and pretty new to the Brighton scene but I’ve been doing Portsmouth and Ladies Nights for five years. I'm 28 years young, even though I look like an old cow when dolled up! Cherry is described as camp, over the top, and often accused of being extremely pissed or worse when I'm just a crazy bitch when completely sober. Amanda Holden once described Cherry as being ‘Bonkers’. I know, what a privilege, haha. My show is really interactive, I like the entire audience to be involved, even those hiding at the back. They’re energetic with camp medleys, parodies, games and lots of patter. I do lots of pop songs, old and new, and musical theatre. I’m known for having huge hair, huge lashes, huge heels and a huge... personality! When out of drag I like to think of myself as a twink that hasn't aged well!” l QUEEN’S ARMS guest violinist Miguel 9.30pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Quiz 8pm

WEDNESDAY 20

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha’s Blankety

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday ENTERTAINMENT

at 9pm, free entry all night. This month’s line-up: Lady Imelda (2), Sally Vate (9), Candy Slag in Drag (16), Kara Van Park (23) and Gabriella Parrish (30). Candy Slag in Drag (16) is rude, crude and has been appearing at venues in Spain and the UK for over 28 years! She says: “I write lyrics to well known songs to make them funny and rude. Expect songs about rimming, Grindr, c*ck etc. My show otherwise isn’t scripted, most of the patter is made up as I go along!”

l REGULARS Wednesday is QUIZ Night at 8pm, £1per person. l Thursday is OPEN MIC Night with Jason Thorpe from 8pm.

Fletcher & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Quiz Night 8pm l SUBLINE Hump Day 9pm CHERRY LIQUOR

SALLY VATE

John’s one-year stint with BOGOF on all drinks till 9pm and Sally Vate’s Party Show at 9.30pm.

Blank: cash prize 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST TAP Silly Willy Wednesdays: Drag With No Name & cash prizes 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Quiz 7pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Mike

THURSDAY 21

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Quiz: Ross Cameron & prizes 8pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST TAP Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Welsh-themed night: DJ, charity fundraiser 8.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s Bingo 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Thirsty Thursday 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday 80s Night 8pm l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Son Gauranchando 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9.30pm

l REGENCY TAVERN Open mic with Jason Thorpe 8pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Mitch’s Quiz 7.30pm

FRIDAY 22

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE T.G.I.F: DJ Franco/ competitions/CD giveaways 8pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fabulous Friday: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Northern Soul/Motown/Ska night 6pm l DR BRIGHTONS Pure Kylie & Dannii Minogue 7pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self-Serve Karaoke 12pm; Fabulous Friday 6pm


PICS FROM REGENCY TAVERN + ROTTINGDEAN CLUB

ROTTINGDEAN CLUB

l 89 High St, Rottingdean, BN2 7HE, Tel: 01273 309529 f therottingdeanclub l FOOD served daily; ask at the bar for full menu. Sun (17) is Father’s Day with roasts served from 12pm, £11.50 per head, booking recommended.

l MEMBERSHIP The Rottingdean Club is a members’ bar in the heart of the village. It’s the perfect place to meet friends and clients, work remotely with a coffee or mix and mingle with likeminded members. With regular entertainment, a large suntrap garden with lager and cider on draught and free Wi-Fi, it’s a unique venue so pop in and ask at the bar for membership details. The Rottingdean Club says: "We’re a private members’ bar where there’s always a warm welcome. We offer the comforts of a traditional pub with modern standards of service and superb food!” If you’re interested in joining, email bar@therottingdeanclub.co.uk

JASON LEE

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday (23) is live ENTERTAINMENT with Jason Lee at 9pm. l Summer BBQ (30) with The Diablos at 5pm, £5.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (24) Joss and Jason SUNDAY SESSIONS.

l REGULARS Tuesday is QUIZ night at 8pm, £1 per person, max of 6 per team. l Friday is free live ENTERTAINMENT at 9pm: Davina Sparkle’s debut at the Rottingdean Club (15) and the A-Z OF MUSICALS with Jason Thorpe (29). l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Allan Jay 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Filth: full fetish party 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Dave Lynn 10pm

l ENVY Queer Bash: live acts Alpha Bites, Anchovy, Daphne the 10 Year Old, Fuchsia Von Steel & Hans Euff 11pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR cabaret: Stephanie Von Clitz 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s SATURDAY 23 Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l AMSTERDAM Jason Thorpe’s karaoke l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Dr Bev 9pm Ballcrusher 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l REGENCY TAVERN cabaret: Kara Van l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm Park 9pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB cabaret: Jason Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm Lee 9pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Sol, free CDs & l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ competitions 8pm Screwpulous 9pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fierce: DJs 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Davina Sparkle 10pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm

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40 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM BAR REVENGE & CLUB REVENGE

JUNE

LISTINGS

BAR REVENGE

REVENGE

l 5-7 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk l OPEN Sun 12pm-2am, Mon–Wed 12pm-1am, Thur 12pm-2am, Fri & Sat

l 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL, Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk l OPEN Tue 11pm, Thur, Fri & Sat 10.30pm. l DRINK PROMOS drinks £2.50 on Tue; £1 drinks before midnight on Thur.

12pm-6am.

l DRINK PROMOS Sun 5pm–close, Mon–Fri 5–9pm, all night on Sat; all

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur is FOMO with special themes and Revenge’s all-

bombs & shots (house spirits) £1 10pm–close on Thur. Buy a drink on Thur, Fri & Sat to pick up discounted entry passes for Club Revenge.

star DJs spinning an eclectic mix of pop/ chart/house/pop-punk/ bass and hip-hop. Themes this month: Jurassic Jungle pre-historic paradise to celebrate the launch of the new Jurassic World film (7) and World Cup Special to celebrate one of the biggest sporting events of the year (14).

WELCOME PARTY with special drink deals for wristband holders and entertainment from Jon Bee, Spice and DJ Grant Knowles from 7pm. BBW say: “Meet and greet old and new friends, and collect your clothing and wristband orders from the BBW crew. We'll also have them on sale if you would rather just buy them on the night!”

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Tuesday is the return of LIP SYNC FOR YOUR LIFE, which is kind of like karaoke but without the singing, from 9pm. Bar Revenge say: “Simply move your lips to your favourite song and you could be in with the chance of winning a £50 cash prize PLUS the chance to compete at the grand finale where you could win a paid gig at our next Powder Room show!”

l REGULARS Friday is the POP TARTZ warm-up with DJs at 9pm. l Every Saturday, get warmed up for WTF! with DJs from 9pm. l SUNDAY SHUFFLE is with Alfie Ordinary and a special guest at 9pm.

SUNDAY 24

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Jason Lee 5pm; Sunday roasts 12pm-till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Sophie Causbrook 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Shuffle: Alfie Ordinary & special guest 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy DJ Claire Fuller 9pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST TAP cabaret: Drag With No Name 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm roasts 12pm l INFINITY BAR cabaret: Miss Terry Tour 2pm; Sunday Funday 7pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Martha D’Arthur 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von

Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Dave Williams & band 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Guest Spot: Tom Kholer 3pm; Double cabaret: Kara Van Park 6.30pm & 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN roasts 12-5pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Quiz 8pml SUBLINE Cum in Your Pants: underwear only 10pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Sunday roasts, jazz & raffle 12pm

MONDAY 25

l BAR BROADWAY Monday Classics 4pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Transgender Night 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Gaymers Night: consoles, board/card games 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self Serve Karaoke 12pm; Hosted karaoke 8pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm

l REGULARS Tuesday is BANGERS & TRASH with DJs

DJ TRICK

DJ GRANT KNOWLES

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Friday (15) is the BBW

Toby Lawrence & Trick spinning a mixture of pop/house/r&b/requests all night long. l Friday is POP TARTZ with resident DJs sweetening up the dancefloor on level 1 with pop anthems. l Saturday is WTF with Brighton’s best DJs and a range of guests over two floors! Get moving to chart/pop/r&b/cheese/requests on level 1 and vocal anthems bringing the house down on level 2.

l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Nils SolbergMick Hamer Trio 2pm; Sam Carlese & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Terry Tour 8.30pm

TUESDAY 26

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Piano Singalong with The Regency Singers 9pm l BAR REVENGE LipSync for Your Life:

cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l INFINITY BAR Infinity Music Your Way 12pm; You’re the DJ 6pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Annie Lennox Tribute 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS guest violinist Miguel 9.30pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Joss & Jason Sunday Sessions


PICS FROM SUBLINE

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 41

SUBLINE

l 129 St James' St, BN2 1TH, T: 01273 624100, www.sublinebrighton.co.uk l OPEN Sun, Wed & Thur from 9pm, 10pm Fri & Sat. l DRINK PROMOS £1 off draught pints all night Wed.

DJ BOZZY BEAR

l BTN BEAR WEEKEND Saturday (16) is

SUBWOOFER with tunes from DJ Bozzy Bear at 9pm, £5 with BBW wristband/£7 without. BBW say: “Explore dark corners in the subterranean cavern of Brighton’s men-only cruise bar! This event is always packed until the early hours and, while fetish wear is encouraged, there is no dress code so wear whatever you want!” l Sunday (17) is UNDERBEARS underwear party at 9pm, £5 with BBW wristband/£7 without. BBW say: “Get your kit off at this legendary Sunday night underwear party! Dance to the DJ or cruise in the dark rooms and corners… The dress code isn’t strict (you can wear whatever you want) but it’s warm down there, so you’ll probably want to whip ’em off anyway!”

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Wednesday (6) is JOYSTICK JOCKEYS gayming

night from 9pm.

l REGULARS Wednesday is HUMP DAY with 1980s/90s alternative music, all welcome! l Thursday is BRACE YOURSELF men’s night, free entry. l Friday (8) is the DIRTY TACKLE sportskit night, £3 in sportskit/£5 otherwise. l Friday (22) is FILTH mixed full fetish party, advance tickets only. l Saturday is THE MEN'S ROOM with DJ Screwpulous at 9pm, free till 11pm, £3 after, guests £5.

l Saturday (9) is LEATHER MEET with free entry in leather or rubber fetish gear/£5 otherwise. l Sunday (24) is the CUM IN YOUR PANTS underwear-only party, free entry members/£5 otherwise.

WEDNESDAY 27

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha’s Blankety Blank: cash prize 10pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST TAP Silly Willy Wednesdays with Drag With No Name & cash prizes 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Quiz 7pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Paul Richards & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Quiz Night 8pm l SUBLINE Hump Day 9pm

THURSDAY 28

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Quiz: Ross Cameron & prizes 8pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST TAP Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s Bingo 8.30pm l INFINITY BAR Thirsty Thursday 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday 80s Night 8pm l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Babou with Abraham De Vega 8pm


42 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM VELVET JACKS + THE ZONE

JUNE

LISTINGS

VELVET JACKS

THE ZONE

l 50 Norfolk Sq, BN1 2PA, Tel: 07720 661290 tinyurl.com/VelvetJacks l OPEN Tue–Thur 4–11.30pm, Fri & Sat 12–11.30pm, Sun 1–11pm. l FOOD pop-up kitchens throughout June. l DRINK PROMOS two cocktails £12 and Orangeboom

l 33 St James’ St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 682249, www.zonebrighton.co.uk l OPEN 11am Sun–Thur, 10am Fri & Sat. l DRINK PROMOS all day, every day.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat is CABARET with the scene’s most sensational acts at 10pm: Sally Vate (2, 16 & 30), Kara Van Park (9) and Davina Sparkle (23).

MIKE NEWSHAM

£3.60 Sun–Fri 4–7pm. Constant Wimbledon coverage on the TV.

l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (17) is LIVE MUSIC

l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN Open mic with Jason Thorpe 8pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Mitch’s Quiz 7.30pm

FRIDAY 29

l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Mrs Moore 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Back 2 School Disco with Tutu 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE T.G.I.F: DJ Thierre/ competitions/CD giveaways 8pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fabulous Friday: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Northern

Soul/Motown/Ska night 6pm l DR BRIGHTONS Vinyl Friday: DJs play vinyl records only 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Jennie Castell 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Self-Serve Karaoke 12pm; Fabulous Friday 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Miss Penny 6.30pm & 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB A-Z of Musicals with Jason Thorpe 9pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Spice 10pm

SATURDAY 30

l AMSTERDAM Jason Thorpe’s karaoke 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm

THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS

l 59 North Rd, BN1 1YD, Tel: 01273 608571, www.3jollybutchers.com l OPEN from 12pm on Mon–Sun. Private function room available. l FOOD Mon–Fri 12–7.30pm, Sat 12–6pm, Sunday roasts 12–6pm. Mon–Thur Meal Deal: two for £15, 12–7.30pm. l ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur is Mitch’s QUIZ night at 7.30pm, all welcome.

l REGULARS Sun jazz and raffle at the JAZZ ROAST with chilled jazz at 12pm,

free entry.

TOPSIE REDFERN

with Mike Newsham from 4pm.

l REGULARS Fri is top-flight cabaret with stars of the stage at 10pm: Martha D’Arthur (1), Stone & Street (8), Topsie Redfern (15), Dave Lynn (22) and Spice (29). Topsie Redfern (15) is a class act with excellent live vocals, glamour, wit and a warm stage presence. She says: “Topsie has been described as the Mary Poppins of drag, she is warm and friendly, elegant and slightly kookie, single and a little bit desperate. Her ovaries are drying up and she wants a good man to be the wind beneath her wings and father to her third world adopted babies. Topsie sings live, indeed people often praise her oral skills.”

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, free CDs & competitions 8pm l CHARLES ST TAP Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Curiosity Club: DJ Lizzie Curious 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l INFINITY BAR Chillax 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm

l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm l REGENCY TAVERN cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 9pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l ROTTINGDEAN CLUB Summer BBQ with The Diablos 5pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm


PICS FROM EDGE & BOX BAR SOUTHAMPTON

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 43

SOLENT

LISTINGS

PORTSMOUTH

TUESDAY 5

SOUTHAMPTON

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Drag Show: host Cherry Liqour, special guest Tanya Hyde & Innuendo Bingo 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Winner Takes It All Quiz with prizes 7pm l EDGE Time Out: DJ KT 11pm

l THE EDGE & BOX BAR Compton Walk, SO14 0BH TEL: 023 8036 6163 www.theedgesouthampton.com l LONDON HOTEL 2 Terminus Terrace, SO14 3DT TEL: 02380 710652, www.the-london.co.uk

FRIDAY 1 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Toby Lawrence 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR GLOW: DJs 11pm l EDGE GLOW: DJ Darcy Buckland, guests & UV lights 11pm

SATURDAY 2 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Rupert Ellick 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Claire Fuller & Neil Sackley 10pm

SUNDAY 3 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD ReWind 80s/90s night 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Camp Rock: DJ Black Feather 10pm

MONDAY 4 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Reboot Reloaded: DJ Darcy Buckland 10pm

THE EDGE & BOX BAR SOUTHAMPTON

l Compton Walk, SO14 0BH, Tel: 023 8036 6163, www.theedgesouthampton.com l OPEN The Edge: 10pm daily; l Box Bar: 7pm Tue–Sat. l FOOD Box Bar: 7–10pm Tue–Sat l HAPPY HOURS The Box Bar: 2-4-1 cocktails 7–10pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (till 8pm on Wednesday & Saturday); The Edge: £1 selected shots & £2 selected drinks on Monday, £1.50 drinks on Wednesday & Sunday. l ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is now CAMP ROCK with DJ Black Feather spinning the best rock tunes.

WEDNESDAY 6 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura Jay 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris & Missy B + karaoke v cabaret with Cassidy Connors 10pm

THURSDAY 7 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD A Night on the Lashes: Lucinda Lashes, karaoke/DJ 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bingo Balls: Misty Lee & prizes 7pm l EDGE Smart: DJ Liam Searle 10pm

FRIDAY 8 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Toby Lawrence 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR GLOW: DJs 11pm l EDGE GLOW: DJ Darcy Buckland & guests + UV lights 10pm

SATURDAY 9 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Rupert Ellick 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Claire Fuller & Darcy Buckland 10pm

DJ DARCY BUCKLAND

l HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terrace, Southsea TEL: 02392 297509

l REGULARS Tuesday is THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Quiz Night where you can win cash a VIP package and more from 7pm! In the evening it’s TIME OUT with DJ KT playing r&b/pop/chart tunes. l Wedesday is BAR 150 with DJs Missy B and Lee Harris, plus KARAOKE V CABARET with Cassidy Connors! l Thursday is BINGO BALLS with Misty Lee and prizes from 7pm, entry £1 per bingo book. Stick around for SMART, a night dedicated to you being you, with DJ Liam Searle on the decks. l Friday is GLOW with DJ Darcy Buckland, guest DJs and UV lights! l Sat is THE BIG ONE at 10pm with 3 bars, 2 dancefloors and DJs: Claire Fuller & Neil Sackley (2), Claire Fuller & Darcy Buckland (9), Craig Law & Darcy Buckland (16), Lee Harris, Claire Fuller & KT (23) and Claire Fuller & KT (30). l Monday is REBOOT RELOADED with DJ Darcy Buckland spinning chart/house.

SUNDAY 10 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD ReWind 80s/90s night 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Camp Rock: DJ Black Feather 10pm

MONDAY 11 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Reboot Reloaded: DJ Darcy Buckland 10pm

TUESDAY 12

With No Name & Innuendo Bingo 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Winner Takes It All Quiz with prizes 7pm l EDGE Time Out: DJ KT 11pm

WEDNESDAY 13 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura Jay 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris & Missy B + karaoke v cabaret with Cassidy Connors 10pm

THURSDAY 14

PORTSMOUTH PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD A Night on the l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Drag Show: Lashes: Lucinda Lashes, karaoke/DJ host Cherry Liqour & special guest Drag 7pm


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LISTINGS

HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD PORTSMOUTH

CHERRY LIQUOR

l Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, PO1 2QN, Tel: 02392 297509 l OPEN Sunday & Monday 9pm, Tuesday–Saturday 7pm. l HAPPY HOURS selected drinks £1.50 on Monday, 2-4-1 selected drinks on Tuesday, till midnight on Wednesday (incl selected doubles £3), 7–10pm on Friday, all night on Sunday. l ONE FOR THE DIARY Tuesday is the DRAG SHOW with host Cherry Liquor, guests and INNUENDO BINGO with a cash prize! This month’s cabaret: Tanya Hyde (5), Drag With No Name (12), Mrs Moore (19) and Vicky Vivacious (26). l REGULARS Thursday is A NIGHT ON THE LASHES with the legendary Lucinda Lashes tearing up the stage with banter, karaoke & tunes! l Friday is with DJ Toby Lawrence spinning tunes to get you moving, entry free till 10pm, £3 till 11pm, £5 after. l Saturday is with DJ Rupert Ellick spinning chart/party anthems, entry free till 10pm/£3 till 11pm/£5 after. l Sunday is REWIND with 80s & 90s dance classics brightening up those end-of-weekend blues. l Monday is 20SOMETHING with DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor bringing the tunes, free till 10pm/£3 till midnight/£5 after. l Wednesday is BIG NAVY NIGHT OUT with host Aura-Jay’s KARAOKE.

SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bingo Balls: Misty Lee & prizes 7pm l EDGE Smart: DJ Liam Searle 10pm

80s/90s night 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Camp Rock: DJ Black Feather 10pm

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MONDAY 18

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Toby Lawrence 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR GLOW: DJs 11pm l EDGE GLOW: DJ Darcy Buckland & guests + UV lights 11pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Reboot Reloaded: DJ Darcy Buckland 10pm

SATURDAY 16 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Rupert Ellick 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Craig Law & Darcy Buckland 10pm

SUNDAY 17 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD ReWind

TUESDAY 19 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Drag Show: host Cherry Liqour & special guest Mrs Moore & Innuendo Bingo 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Winner Takes It All Quiz with prizes 7pm l EDGE Time Out: DJ KT 11pm

karaoke with host Aura Jay 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris & Missy B + karaoke v cabaret with Cassidy Connors 10pm

THURSDAY 21 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD A Night on the Lashes: Lucinda Lashes, karaoke/DJ 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bingo Balls: Misty Lee & prizes 7pm l EDGE Smart: DJ Liam Searle 10pm

FRIDAY 22 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Toby Lawrence 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR GLOW: DJs 11pm l EDGE GLOW: DJ Darcy Buckland & guests + UV lights 11pm

SATURDAY 23 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Rupert Ellick 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Claire Fuller, Lee Harris & KT 10pm

SUNDAY 24 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD ReWind 80s/90s night 9pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Camp Rock: DJ Black Feather 10pm

MONDAY 25

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor 9pm WEDNESDAY 20 SOUTHAMPTON PORTSMOUTH l EDGE Reboot Reloaded: DJ Darcy l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: Buckland 10pm

TUESDAY 26 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Drag Show: host Cherry Liqour & special guest Vicky Vivacious & Innuendo Bingo 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Winner Takes It All Quiz with prizes 7pm l EDGE Time Out: DJ KT 11pm

WEDNESDAY 27 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura Jay 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris & Missy B + karaoke v cabaret with Cassidy Connors 10pm

THURSDAY 28 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD A Night on the Lashes: Lucinda Lashes, karaoke/DJ 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bingo Balls: Misty Lee & prizes 7pm l EDGE Smart: DJ Liam Searle 10pm

FRIDAY 29 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Toby Lawrence 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR GLOW: DJs 11pm l EDGE GLOW: DJ Darcy Buckland & guests + UV lights 11pm

SATURDAY 30 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Rupert Ellick 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Claire Fuller & KT 10pm


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DANCE MUSIC BY QUEEN JOSEPHINE & KATE WILDBLOOD

ALBUMS

Add our June jewels that are the seamless ) Well that is definitely sunshine mastery of beaming down on us so let’s keep Sasha’s things hotter than, erm, June fabric99: (sorry Mr Wonder) and soundtrack Sasha, the dreamy nu-grooves your summer adventures with and house of Valerie from the nothing but the hot stuff. Galerie’s Tape One on What About Never, the acidic deftness Be it the of DJ Pierre sunshine vibes presents Acid of Ibiza 2018 88 Vol 2 on by Ben Hoo on Afro Acid, the Get Physical, the epic longblissful blend of playing debut dub, ambient, boogie and proto of Demuja’s Hidden Paradise on house that is Jura Soundsystem Presents Transmission One on Isle MUJA, or the ever playful, ever cheeky Seth Troxler and his cute of Jura, the synth sensation as This is Then on Play It Say It and you have a that is Nesta’s sun-drenched Eclectic Electric soundtrack - Nightfall on worthy of a Fantome de bounce in your Nuit, the Latin-infused sounds of bikini or a Electropical by Juan Laya & Jorge squiggle in your Speedos. If you Montiel on Imagenes Recordings, know what we mean. Enjoy. or the delicious deep house of ) Catch Wildblood + Queenie at DJ Sprinkles & the Tempest Inn for Wild Family Hardrock on Friday, June 8 and tune into Striker’s Skylax 1BTN 101.4FM 2nd & 4th Wed 8House Explosion 10pm and 2nd Friday 1-4pm for on Skylax, you’ll need no more the Queenie & Wildblood Show. than these and your sunnies to perfectdistractions.com keep you cool this summer.

DJ PROFILE: ROB D Well you gorgeous sun bunnies you – it seems that the early summer is upon us now that June has arrived! And what better way to drench those sparkling days and balmy nights (I’m ever the weather optimist) is there than with a soundtrack filled with fun and joy? This month, Queenie has a chat with Rob Davis, the fabulous DJ Rob D, to find out where we can hear him, what he loves to hear and even where he’d like to reside… How are you? Very well, thank you. I’ve actually just got back from the United States after spending three weeks out there visiting family and friends. I would absolutely move out there tomorrow if I could!!!! Where can we hear you? It does change from time to time, but I generally play in either Brighton or Central London these days. You can find me at the Freedom bar in Soho and the Two Brewers in Clapham amongst others in London. I love playing at both Revenge and Charles Street Tap in Brighton. You can also spot me at the Hampshire Boulevard in Portsmouth. What are you playing these days? Well, I’m always mainly commercial. I play pop, I love my R&B an, of course, I’ll always play some great house bangers, particularly house remixes of old 80s and 90s classics. You can never go wrong with those! I also like some cheese ;)

WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE’S JUICY JUNE 12” ) ROISIN MURPHY All My Dreams / Innocence The Vinyl Factory First of four 12” from Ms Murphy and Maurice Foulton. Believe the hype. ) PITTO Late Night Studio Moves (original mix) Heist Recordings African percussion heaven awaits you courtesy of Pitto’s perfection. ) DJ COUNSELLING Mitcham Tuxedo SoSure Music No tissues required – just your undivided dancing attention. ) MELODYMANN Disco Switch Melodymathics Luscious disco loops and then some. Just too, too good. ) AUSTIN ATO Ben's Groove Me Me Me Busting with sunshine as Man Power’s label deliver again. ) HIFI SEAN featuring Celeda The Music Classic Music Company Mainlining heat into our British summer – whatever the forecast. ) YARNI 28 Years Of It (Layer Disco mix) Night Noise Music Entkommen remix EP action that will impress you and yours. ) JAVI BORA Here Comes The Music (Jansons remix) Do Not Sleep Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax B-side brilliance. ) NIGHTFUNK Crazy Time Del Sol A Belgian import tastier than any waffle you’ll devour this June. ) LAUREN FLAX featuring DJ Heather The Acid Apollo Music Group The seminal meets the sublime for a lesson in acid house.

Fave song of all time? Oh gosh. There are so many songs out there I could listen to again and again. But if I had to choose one it would have to be DJ Sammy’s Heaven. If I could be cheeky and choose an artist as well… RIP Avicii!!!! He really was my absolute favourite DJ! All his music was unique and he just had the best songs! My favourite one he did was Seek Bromance. Best ever gig? I don’t really have just the one best ever gig, but I have a few up there! Norwich Pride back in 2014 was amazing – a really fabulous crowd! Also back in 2012 DJing on Soho Square on a beautiful hot sunny day to hundreds of people! That was cool – or should I say hot, hot, hot!!!! Tune you wish you’d never played! I never play a tune I regret ;) Describe yourself in three words... Outgoing. Motivated. Energetic

ROB D’S CURRENT TOP FIVE ) ARIANA GRANDE No Tears Left to Cry Republic Records ) SIGALA & PALOMA FAITH Lullaby Ministry of Sound ) ANTON POWERS FT. PIXIE LOTT Baby 3 Beat Productions ) JONAS BLUE feat JP COOPER Perfect Strangers Positiva ) GALANTIS Pillow Fight Atlantic


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SHOPPING WITH MICHAEL HOOTMAN

) THE TOUCH (BFI blu-ray). Ingmar Bergman’s first English-language film stars Bibi Andersson as a woman who is married to Max von Sydow and has an affair with visiting archeologist Elliott Gould. Early on there’s a scene where von Sydow, showing slides of his family, accidentally compares the death of a donkey to the death of his ex-motherin-law. It’s very funny - it's the only time I’ve roared with laughter at a Bergman - but by the end of the film it’s hard to know if it was deliberate or just another example of the film’s awful dialogue. Poor Gould has to contend with lines like ‘I don’t know what to do with all these churned-up emotions’ and berating Andersson for her bourgeois life which includes the terrible crime of cooking a pot roast. Early on in their affair he hits her but I think this is because his family were killed in the Holocaust. For added beard-stroking symbolism he’s excavating a statue of the Virgin Mary in a church. Some critics have seen this as a brilliant dissection of human emotions, though I’d agree with the director who called it an embarrassing failure.

) Beetle Bottle Opener £20.99 (England at Home, 22b Ship Street, Brighton, 01273 205544)

) All-Purpose Bowl £21.25 (Pussy, 3a Kensington Gardens, Brighton, 01273 604861) Aquarium Butter Dish £33.95 (Appendage, 36 Kensington Gardens, 01273 605901)

) Tom of Finland Books £6.99; Bear T-Shirt £14 (Prowler, 112-113 St James's Street, Brighton, 01273 603813)


ARTS

BY M I C H A E L H O O T M A N

LEGALLY BLONDE

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EL GEEBEE TEA QUEUE The Brunswick, Holland Rd, Hove, Box office: wegottickets.com ) EL GEEBEE TEA QUEUE (Sun 10). A night of LGBT+ cabaret, comedy and live music hosted by PAUL DIELLO. Award-winning Kiwi comedian JAKE HOWIE offers an irreverent comic style with a warm, quick-witted and frank take on life, love and social politics. Brighton singersongwriter KRISTOFER uses cutting edge pop music to spread his message of diversity loud and clear and bridge the gap between gender stereotypes. MS COCO DEVILLE has over a decade of professional stage experience and comes armed with a BA Honours degree in contemporary theatre and choreography. FELIX LE FREAK combines music, comedy and an unsettling sense of deja vu. When she isn't shaking the earth with provocative live art or melancholy ballads, Felix enjoys pubic topiary and quality time at home with her two elderly hostages, Errol and Babs. With a mix of powerful and soulful tones, catchy love songs and relatable lyrics, MARIA MAE shares her experiences and adventures, through a neo soul/pop vibe with simple yet strong melodies, as well as creative covers with her own twist. JULIA GILLICK has been active on the Brighton comedy scene for four years; her set is a buoyant mix of surrealism, filth and animal impressions.

) LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL (Mon 11–Sat 16). The show follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who gets dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III. Packing up her trusty pooch, Bruiser, she bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back. Stars Rita Simons, Lucie Jones and Bill Ward.

MARLBOROUGH Marlborough Theatre, 4 Princes Street, Brighton, Box office: www.brownpapertickets.com ) A GAY AND A NONGAY (Sat 2). In a time when we’re all threatened by a rhetoric of hate from the people in power, this show challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are, or what you’re

DoppelDa ̈nger is an exploration of dangerous doubling that reclaims what it means to be two women on stage. With experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups, and an uncanny blend of 1630s-inspired Euro retrofuturism and 1930s wrestling, DoppelDa ̈nger is a bilingual boundary-bending attic takeover about the self, the other and togetherness.

TRAUMFRAU

SHE GOAT

KATY JALILI

ANGELA BARNES

ZOE LYON

A GAY & A NON AY

Rialto Theatre, Dyke Road Box office: eventbrite.co.uk ) QUEER MIGRANT TAKEOVER PARTY (Sat 16). TRAUMFRAU thinks that as borders are closing and migrants are being vilified, it’s time to rebalance the power and throw a party to celebrate everything migrants bring to the UK. The evening includes DJ sets, shows, and installations by local migrant artists, as a celebration of multi-culturalism, identities, and migrant communities. Artists include KASHFI playing prerevolutionary Iranian pop, KOMEDIA 1960s/70s Turkish funk, psych and Gardner St, Brighton disco, Palestinian, Tunisian, Box office: 0845 293 8480 Libyan, Algerian, Syrian, Yemenite into (Bruce Springsteen or ) BENT DOUBLE (Sun 3). A gayand Israeli pop; Ireland’s 2017 Britney), love is love and gays and friendly, irreverent night of fun and LGBT+ Entertainer of the Year non-gays can be friends. Join frolics hosted by Zoe Lyons (Live XNTHONY, a comedy-awardJames Barr and Dan Hudson for a at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Just winning-performer fusing popular live show based on the massive a Minute and Michael McIntyre’s and queer culture with his own LGBT+ podcast that the Radio Times Comedy Roadshow). Featuring unique outlook and Ireland’s 2017; calls 'One of the most headliner Angela Barnes with KATY JALILI, a gender-queer fundamentally kind and funny podcasts in Britain'. Covering it all crop of quick-fire observational from non-gay perceptions of gay gags, delivered with utter people (and vice versa), sex, and conviction not to mention ‘proper getting your douche through laugh-out-loud one-liners’ The airport security! Plus Q&A fun. Herald. ‘Lyons is on top of her game ) SHE GOAT: DOPPELDÄNGER in command of her material, her (Thur 28) After years of being audience and her stage’ Chortle. mistaken for one another, real-life doppelga ̈ngers, Euge ́nie and THEATRE ROYAL, Shamira, have finally made a show New Road, Brighton, about it. With gender-twisting Iranian-born multidisciplinary Box office: 08448 717650 visuals and gothic storytelling, Andrew Doyle (co-writer of artist, performer and writer. Their ) LES MUSICALS (Sun 3). Features Jonathan Pie) and Joe Sutherland. work mainly focuses on queer hit songs from the West End and ) EDINBURGH PREVIEW (Sun 24) ancestry for people of diaspora. Broadway sung by Jonathan Ansell with hugely popular comic ZOE Some have described Katy’s and Rhydian Roberts. Includes LYONS and Richard Todd (Chortle performances as provocative, tunes from Les Miserables, Phantom One to Watch 2018 and as seen on terrifying, erotic, political and of the Opera, Blood Brothers, Comedy Central Online). A chance wickedly entertaining, whilst Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, to catch a preview of Zoe’s channelling the spirit of punk. Carousel and many more… Edinburgh Fringe show with a fresh


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ART MATTERS

ALL THAT JAZZ

For your delectation in June I’ve found a trio of exhibitions for you to enjoy. But first a little news on a show I am currently included in...

) DJANGO BATES BELOVED The Study Of Touch (ECM). Apologies for missing this excellent set when it first appeared last autumn, but better late than never. British pianist, composer, big band leader, and educator Django Bates first became known as one of the mainstays of maverick big band Loose Tubes in the early 1980s, and has since performed with varied and numerous ensembles. His most recent album was a poorly received (and rather unnecessary) big band tribute saluting Sergeant Pepper, 50 years after its release, but out of the blue he has now made his ECM debut as leader. Bates has always said he would never lead a piano trio (too staid for his adventurous tastes?) but with Petter Eldh on bass and Peter Bruun on drums, he has certainly struck gold with this trio. All but two of the compositions are his, all of them ingenious in their differing complexities yet gently beguiling in their simple effectiveness. For someone who has often seemed to be an ageless court jester, this set is surprisingly mature, and quite wonderful.

BY E N Z O M A R R A

BY S I M O N A DA M S

TREGONY GALLERY

TOWNER GALLERY Eastbourne, www.townereastbourne.org.uk ) AT ALTITUDE is an Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition (Jun 2–Sep 30) exploring how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations. Ranging from early aviation to drone surveillance, the exhibition will chart these changing perspectives, illustrating how perception has shifted from when aerial images were rare and exhilarating, to the allenveloping vantage point of Google Earth and satellite technologies that grant access to places and information one is not usually afforded. At Altitude presents historical and contemporary works that elucidate the links between the ever-changing methods of observing the world and how this has been interpreted by artists through painting, sculpture, photography and film. Artists include Mishka Henner, Jananne Al-Ani, Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tilmans, Cornelia Parker and more.

JEREMY GARDNER

CANDIDA STEVENS GALLERY Chichester, candidastevens.com ) JEREMY GARDINER: GEOLOGY OF LANDSCAPE (Jun 9–Jul 7). Jeremy Gardiner has been painting for four decades, initially the urban landscape, but for the past 30 years, the natural environment. Over time, this style has evolved, and his work has become more textural. His current work aims to express layers of time and meaning. Jeremy's approach to the landscapes he paints is fuelled by a strong sense of what lies beneath. Among the landscapes he has explored in this way are the coasts of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, to parts of Brazil, Greece and the Lake District.

OMER FAST

LIVE JAZZ

MAVIS STAPLES

) Also at the Towner: OMER FAST: 5000 FEET IS THE BEST (Jun 2–Sep 30) is a film (2011) about drone warfare and the pilots who operate these machines. Based on a series of interviews the artist conducted with a former drone operator, now working as a Las Vegas casino security guard, the work takes its name from the optimum operational flight altitude of a US Air Force Predator drone – at a distance of 5,000 feet drones can identify virtually anything. The film weaves together the operator’s account of his life and work to explore the shifting divisions between reality and representation, truth and memory. 5000 Feet is the Best was acquired for Towner’s Collection, in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, through Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund for Museums. Towner, along with the Whitworth in Manchester, was one of the first two venues to be awarded this fund.

) BILLIE HOLIDAY The Complete Billie Holiday Songbook (Essential Jazz Classics). Of all jazz vocalists, Billie Holiday was one of the greatest, but she was also a fine composer of a few notable songs. It must, therefore, have seemed to the record company like a good idea to collect together all the songs she wrote or co-wrote and promote them as a double CD songbook. Unfortunately, this good idea crumbles in the face of the fact that Holiday only wrote 14 songs in total, and some of those she never recorded herself. Faced with this insurmountable problem, this collection has packed in not just numerous versions of Holiday singing God Bless the Child, 12 times in all, and her other favourites in multiples, but then rounded up various singers who have interpreted Holiday’s songs to fill up the space. Hence you get Nina Simone singing Fine and Mellow, and Aretha Franklin tackling Who Needs You? Some might judge this a bit of a con, but needs must to pad out this double CD. ) Love Supreme sets up its marquees and stages once again at Glynde Place outside Lewes (Jun 29–Jul 1). Headlining are Earth Wind & Fire, Pharoah Sanders, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Level 42 and Steve Winwood, as well as the inspirational Mavis Staples. Of more direct jazz interest are the Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter Trio, the James Taylor Quartet, the Ezra Collective, Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, African drummer Tony Allen, and many more. The great thing about this festival is that if you don’t fancy the music in one tent, you can just drift in to the next or gawp at the main stage and find a totally new sound to absorb you. For those allergic to festivals, this one might be the best antidote.

TONY ALLEN

ENZO MARRA

Cornwall, tregonygallery.co.uk At the Tregony Gallery in Cornwall I’m one of the artists included in Emergent Forms (until Jun 30), a group show that explores the way artists’ expression of form crystallizes during the eye-to-hand process of creation.


50 GSCENE ) MCGILL/MCHALE TRIO Portraits Rogerson’s (b.1988) A Fish Will Rise has an American folk-inspired Çedille CDR90000172. Pianist feel, reminiscent of Copland, but Michael McHale has joined two also an insistent rhythmic energy American brothers, clarinetist that might hint towards John Anthony McGill and flautist Adams. Even more driven is the Demarre McGill to form the Pourquoy, Doux Rossignol by breathless, virtuosic Techno – McGill/McHale Trio, and their first Jean-Baptiste de Bousset (1662Parade by French composer recording includes a variety of 1725) sets up a beautifully bitterGuillaume Connesson (b.1970), works from the last twenty or so sweet conclusion to this delightful and here all three players years. The collection. demonstrate impressive technical centrepiece of ) HIDEKO UDAGAWA & their recording is command, as well as tight and ALEXANDER PANFILOV Russian precise ensemble. Paul a six-movement Romantics Northern Flowers Schoenfield’s (b.1947) three suite, Portraits NF/PMA99130. Jumping forwards movement Sonatina is great fun, of Langston, by a couple of centuries, we now subverting jazzy dance rhythms Valerie Coleman (b. 1970), each explore the world of some such as the Charlston and Rag, and movement a contemplation on forgotten Russian Romantic is once again highly demanding different poems by Langston chamber music, with violinist Hughes, jazz poet and leader of the technically. The trio ends their disc Hideko Udagawa joined by pianist Harlem Renaissance in 1920s New with two more subdued works, a Alexander Panfilov performing a contemplative piece by Philip York. The poems, with themes collection of works for the violin Hammond (b.1951), The ranging from Helen Keller, to and piano. There are works by Parisian cabaret and nightlife, and a Lamentation of Owen O’Neil, and Mikhail Glinka then McHale’s own arrangement of Harlem summer night, have (1804-1857), common links in their messages of the Irish traditional song The Lark through to strength, power and defiance. The in the Clear Air. Both allow for the Alexander players to demonstrate their poems are read here by actor Glazunov (1865- Mahershala Ali. The fight in the abilities to convey their long lines 1936), so Montmartre nightclub in ‘Le Grand with warmth and simplicity, making spanning just less than one Duc Mambo’ is cleverly captured by for a calming conclusion to a hundred years of Russian music. the duelling flute and clarinet, and programme full of contrasts. Glinka’s incomplete Sonata for the Debussian piano writing under viola receives its first recording lyrical lines exchanged between the Reviews, comments and events: here for violin and piano – a wind instruments in In Time of v nicks-classical-notes.blogspot.co.uk delightful piece, the second Silver Rain creates an atmosphere t @nickb86uk movement in particular containing of calm and tranquility. Chris ) nbclassical@hotmail.co.uk some beautifully lyrical melodies. Udagawa’s performances here are full of vigour and passion, although the recorded sound is a ) You can see the Royal Ballet’s new production of little on the thin side at times, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake live from the Royal Opera with more depth of tone needed in House (Tue 12). places. These are not the most ) And Puccini’s Madama Butterfly comes live from profound compositions, focusing Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon’s 1950s-set mostly on melody and with few production (Thur 21). In a range of local cinemas, harmonic surprises. Glinka’s including: Dukes at the Komedia, Brighton, Cineworld Eastbourne, and pleasing Mazurka, and César Cui’s the Connaught Cinema, Worthing. Check for times. (1835-1918) lively Alla Spagnuola are cases in point, the latter in particular clearly a technical showpiece for the violin more than LEWES CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL anything else. But Udagawa also Box Office: 01273 479865, www.leweschambermusicfestival.com convinces in the lighter pieces, ) The Lewes Chamber Music Festival (Thur 14–Sat such as Anton Rubinstein’s 16) has a Viennese theme this year, with music by (1829-1894) Romance, and Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, right through to Glazunov’s Méditation. The one Strauss, Schoenberg and Korngold. Twenty top piece that rose above the others musicians, including pianists Bengt Forsberg and for me was by the composer I am Alisdair Beatson, baritone Christopher Purves and least familiar with – Viktor clarinetist Jānis Tretjuks, perform in a series of Kossenko (1896-1938). His Two seven concerts over three days. Highlights include Korngold’s Piano Pieces, Dreams and Impromptu, Quintet, and Schoenberg’s Serenade for Baritone and Septet, which once again combine lyricism with includes guitar, bass clarinet and mandolin. Anyone under the age of 26 virtuosic display, but have greater can apply for free tickets. individuality and invention, with rich harmonies and rippling piano WORTHING accompaniment. So despite not Box Office: 01903 206206 being totally won over by all the www.worthingtheatres.co.uk repertoire here, these are strong ) The Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra’s and authoritative performances Summer Concert (7.30pm, Sun 10) includes music by Rozsa, Britten, throughout. Tchaikovsky, and Nielsen’s Flute Concerto with Sarah Bennett (flute).

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may recall the lute/theorbo player Alex McCartney from previous columns. Now he’s joined (playing theorbo and Baroque guitar here) by recorder player Lázsló Rózsa and viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees for a pleasing collection of late 17th and early 18th-century French repertoire. They begin with the delightful Suite No. 5 by Pierre Danican Philidor (1681-1731). The blend between the three instruments is perfectly judged, and in the final Gigue, Rózsa enjoys the more virtuosic, dancing lines given to the recorder. A solo Suite by M de Sainte-Colombe (c.1640-1700) for the viola da gamba follows, and Rees performs this stylish work with great presence and intensity. A Suite by Jacques Martin Hotteterre (1673-1763) next, with more rhythmic and virtuosic interest in the livelier movements, and the dancing final Gigue is dashed off with energy and panache. McCartney has a solo spot next, with a Suite for the theorbo by Robert de Visée (c.1655-1732/33). This has wonderful melodic lines, which McCartney articulates over the harmonies with great precision, making this a particular highlight of the disc. All three return with a virtuosic Sonata by Charles Buterne (c.1710-c.1760), and the disc then concludes with two nightingale-inspired pieces. The birdlike ornamentation of the recorder is delicate and tender in Le Rossignol-En-Amour by François Couperin (1668-1733), and McCartney’s gentle introduction on the guitar to

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PAGE’S PAGES BOOK REVIEWS BY ERIC PAGE ) NICK’S HOUSE by John Roman Baker. This is the third book in the sagas of Nick and Greg and we’re immersed in the heaving social changes of the 1960s. Nick and Greg are both mature established men with their own lives, lovers and ideas of how to behave. Their desires -no longer so entwined with each other have also grown to other men and possibilities. This leads to challenge and change, the narrative is handled with fun and flair by author Roman Bajer who has settled in well to this series and given the characters depth to develop into complex, fallible men but with hope and love their hearts and this next instalment of their lives has his hallmark mix of intrigue and excitement gorgeously written up with Brighton as the background.

) LEAF SUPPLY (Smith Street) by Lauren Camiieri & Sophia Kaplan. A comprehensive and easy to follow book for the enthusiast or budding indoor gardener, written by authors who love growing. Full of ideas and inspiration for growing some familiar and unusual plants and how to give them the best conditions to transform your home

or office into a health-giving green oasis. Not only full of growing hints and instructions, it also gives you some styling and design advice about where, how and when to use luscious, healthy green plants to their best affect. There’s 10 profiles on famous plant stylists who use plants in homes and workplaces in stunning ways. It’s a superb book, beautifully presented, with gorgeous photos and some seriously good advice, it will give you the tools and inspiration to green your space

and embark on some exciting, lifeaffirming indoor gardening. ) TAKE ME WITH YOU (Plume) by Andrea Gibson and Sarah J Coleman (illus). This pocket-sized book explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with evocative line drawings. It’s an exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age. Take Me With You is small enough to fit in your bag, with messages that are big enough to wake even the sleepiest heart. Gibson’s strong, bountiful and reassuring American voice never lies to us, often lifts us out of our own smallness and can deliver quite the shake up, but at its heart this book is a prose

hug. Sharing in one-liners, short poems, and some longer poems, it’s the perfect book to keep on your desk and open randomly and – in an instant - remember we’re never alone and words hefted by a careful artist can enlighten us. This book does that.

) BADGE OF LOYALTY by Jude Tresswell. This is a fun and curious book. It’s a police procedural about a gay cop, which is pretty brutal in it’s dealings with crime and the seedier side of life. It’s also a complex love story of a working polygamous relationship and the heaving passion and intimate relationships that interweave in the main protagonists life. It’s a fun and fast paced read, part erotica, part police procedural, wholly gay and explores the power dynamics and sexually geometry of a successful polygamous series of relationships and men and how they make their interwoven work, sex and love lives work for them. ) QUEER SEX by Juno Roche. Roche brings her wonderfully delicate bluntness to this guide to

intimacy, pleasure and relationships for Trans and NonBinary people. I adore reading Roche’s work, her insight and clarity empower the reader to embrace ideas than can often be challenging in our sexed up mixed up world. This book is many things: an exploration of Roche’s own experiences, a clear clarion call for embracing diversity in sexual practices and relationship set-up, an advice book on getting through and past prejudice and a bold testament to an authors own honest journey to their own satisfactions and desires. It’s also in Roche’s trademark way a beautiful mixture of funny and poignant and it’s this almost offhand ability to move with her luscious prose that makes Roche stand out. The collection of interviews from well-known activists living authentic and diverse lives and exploring stories of sex and desire from the trans and non-binary communities gives a gentle personal touch, but it’s Roche’s frank narrative which give this book it’s power to transform.

) GENTLE AND TENDER, ACT OF CONFESSION by pp hartnett. Another of these perfectly formed books, crafted with care by this most filthy and delightful of poets. Hartness fucks us with his words, allows intoxicating intimate desire to speak directly to us, stripped of fantasy and illusion he gives us raw, hard, fleshy words which penetrate, stretch and posses us. His exuberant celebration of sexual uninhibitedness is wrapped in a contradictive sensuality of word play and lightness which often brings a smile, is beguiling, shocking, tempting and satisfying. Never easy Hartnett leaves us bruised, startled by our own depravity but wanting more.


52 GSCENE When Trevor Nunn decided to use some of the same actors in two shows, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and the musical Anything Goes at the National Theatre, Stephen encountered actors who were convinced they couldn’t dance. “So I put some dance moves into the actors’ warm-ups and suddenly they realised they could dance. As long as they know you won’t make them look stupid, they grow into it.” His preparation for a new show is to take some of his routines to stage schools and colleges and try them out on the students. It also allows him to spot emerging talent and he’s always keen to use new performers. Stephen believes today’s musical theatre benefits from what he calls “the triple threat" – young performers who excel at singing, acting and dancing. “Producers are keen to cut costs and tend to go for all-round performers. I think we’re at the peak of that now – it’s harder now if all you can do is dance.”

MAKING ALL THE RIGHT MOVES Brighton-based Stephen Mear has established himself internationally as the go-to choreographer for big classy stage musicals. Fresh from his triumph with Chess in the West End, he talks to Brian Butler about dyslexia, Strictly, and working with Stephen Sondheim. ) At the age of three, Stephen started running in and out of his mother’s dance class, so she decided to teach him. The rest is the story of a phenomenal career as a dancer, choreographer and director, picking up two Olivier Awards and many other accolades along the way, and a career that has seen his work many times in the West End, in Paris and on Broadway. Stephen was lucky enough to appear as a dancer in two West End shows while still a student at London Studio Centre: the sixth year of Evita and the original cast of 42nd Street, something that students wouldn’t be allowed to do today. After college it was straight back to the West End and Cats, playing a swing dancer, then Mungojerrie, and finally Mr Mistoffelees. “At college I knew ballet was my weakness so I took 14 lessons a week. Without that I wouldn’t have been able to do Mr Mistoffelees.” Stephen admits that he is badly dyslexic: “It wasn’t identified till I was 16 but dancing was something I could do.” His dancing career included eight West End shows. As his dancing days were drawing to a

close, he started assisting. His first big job was the UK tour of Soul Train starring Sheila Ferguson. “That got me noticed, though it was only in the West End for six weeks. “ Stephen usually works with a music arranger, which is quite unusual in the UK. “Some composers won’t let you change their orchestrations, but many will. The musical director has to be on board for it - it has to be a collaboration.” Having new arrangements allows Stephen full scope for his inventiveness and creativity outside the confines of what might have been originally conceived for the show. He has worked with many of the most brilliant directors and performers in a career spanning over 30 years, including twice with Stephen Sondheim on Follies and Gypsy. “Steve gives notes every now and then, but he has no ego – his whole aim is to make the show better.” The Mear philosophy is that dance should move the story and the characters forward: “I don’t believe in dance for dance’s sake.”

Stephen has moved into directing and would like to do more: “But only if I know the show backwards.” On his to-do list are Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Grand Hotel and Mame, but his next projects are a concert version of Guys & Dolls and a production of White Christmas in Leicester. He sees a positive benefit from the huge success of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. “It’s not thought to be bad now for boys to be dancers. It’s great to see people learn a craft and get better every week. It’s encouraged people to take up dancing or even just exercise.” His partner, choreographer Mark Smith, has been deaf since childhood, and now teaches dance at all the major stage schools. Stephen incorporated sign language into a recent production of Mary Poppins. Mark is currently choreographing a UK tour of an all-male Iolanthe which is at Brighton’s Theatre Royal from June 19-23. Stephen worked for nine years in Chichester, “It was very important to me,” and he worries about the future of theatre outside London. “People used to learn their craft at regional rep theatres. It breaks my heart they don’t get the funding they deserve. “I love doing classy theatre and I’m optimistic about the future of dance. The talent coming out of stage schools is so much better than I ever was. It’s why I like my connections with colleges – working with all that future talent.” And how was his latest venture, the long overdue revival of Chess? “It’s out of this world - 46 people on stage and a 50-piece orchestra – it’s spine tingling.”

MORE INFO ) Chess is at London’s Coliseum till June 2 ) Iolanthe is at Brighton’s Theatre Royal from June 19-23


GSCENE 53 focus of gossip in the local bakery “that boy in the leg-warmers is a Mary-Anne”. But it is of course no tribe at all if our protagonist is too embarrassed to tell anyone that aerobics for fun is exactly what he’s up to every Wednesday at 7.

CRAIG’S THOUGHTS We all belong. Or the quest for a tribe. Part one. By Craig Hanlon-Smith @craigscontinuum

) Is that my tribe? Asked the awkward sevenyear-old, skirting along the outer perimeter of the all-weather pitch on a 1970s wet spring Lancashire lunchtime. Envying the gaggles of energetic boys and their temporary but automatic friendship. Staring lost at their heptathlon of sports that he was certainly the master of none nor understood the appeal of fast bowls, off-cut plank cricket bats and grazed knees. Instead he prised his way into a group of disinterested but begrudgingly accommodating girls playing a much more accessible ‘horsey on the loose’, but after a time of trying that pleases no one, the boyshaped cuckoo limps off to another meandering of solitude. He senses a sadness that he neither comprehends nor has the intellect to analyse, but this passes as thoughts of a television date with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman lick his wounds. Is she my tribe? He wonders. Perhaps. “Is that my tribe?” Asks the boy as the summer Saturday night ritual of Seaside Special launches into the family sitting room. He sits agog yet unguarded amongst oblivious relatives, week after week, glued to a white plastic television sprayed green and locked in repeated fascination with the sequined dresses of The Three Degrees and white feathered headdresses of Boney M. Although unsure why, he has sense enough to know that when returning to class on Monday, he is not to record in the weekend news book that he might have choreographed his own routine to Ra Ra Rasputin, nor that he masking taped homemade Christmas decorations to his head in a now eight-year-old’s attempt to recreate the televised costumes. “Will this be my tribe?” He wonders aged nine and he joins the cub scouts desperate to be

able to claim the tribe for him is out there somewhere. Who knew that Baden Powell’s motto ‘Be Prepared’ was the overture to a more rounded statement of be prepared to be mercilessly bullied like never before nor since and, despite the organisation’s close links to the Church of England and their preaching of Christian love and understanding, everyone present will turn a blind eye or, in the case of one unforgotten but irresponsible adult, even join in with the harassment. A particularly horrible weekend camping trip sat weeping on the lap of one of the female group leaders named after a Jungle Book character (the adult him would now remove his eyeballs in order to relentlessly roll them) was confirmation enough that this was not to be his tribe and a cue to leave and quickly, no questions asked. For a short burst, pre-teen aerobics felt as though it may be his tribe. Being the only boy in a group of 12-year old girls did not phase him as he quickly learned he could back-step lunge to Automatic by The Pointer Sisters and Michael Jackson’s Beat It better than the rest of them. The leg-warmers and Kids From Fame sweatshirt might have been a giveaway to a child psychologist, but the 12-year-old boy only wore them for comfort and thankfully, at that time, he remained oblivious to being the

Aged 13 he unexpectedly discovered a tribe of sorts, a tribe of two. Two unknown homosexuals, although the scientific vocabulary remained unspoken, spending their schoolboy lunchtimes running off to a distant field in the shadow of a derelict farmhouse during the summer months, or a patch of concrete behind the garage car-wash as the air became fresher and the ground damper. Sloppy snogging, clumsy penis grabbing and shameful semen shooting days of something sordidly secret. Both taking advantage of the Thatcherite industrial action by teaching staff for extended liaisons that now graduated to the bedroom carpet, which was at least centrally heated. A happy spell, until one of the boys developed a psychological upper-hand and blackmailed the other. Paper-round money spent on silence buying chocolate bars, cans of pop, Now That’s What I Call Music 5, Chain Reaction by Diana Ross and How Will I Know? by Whitney Houston. An arrangement which continued for months until oversized Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut and soul divas no longer counted as satiating currency, and one began demanding the other gave him cash. For almost a year, a pound here and a fiver there was stolen from parents, grandparents and the pocket money of a younger brother. His true tribe never to be revealed, whatever the cost. Although it would take him almost 30 years to appreciate it, there was at that time a sanity saving tribe of three, he just didn’t see it, then. A tribe of three fellow misfit teenagers, all girls who also did not fit the mould of expected cool or sporting triumph. Who neither could, nor would, attend the hockey trials with enthusiasm in the way that he would run away from the football during soccer practice for fear of actually being selected for a team. A group of four who would never be picked, but who also strangely didn’t want to be. A tribe who, between them, were tall, short, gangly, tubby, fantastically awkward and, perhaps without knowing or realising, were a supporting foundation for one another when they needed it most. And for him, a tribe who never asked that question, or called him those names, which was exactly what he wanted. To be continued…

“The leg-warmers and Kids From Fame sweatshirt might have been a giveaway to a child psychologist, but the 12-year-old boy only wore them for comfort and thankfully, at that time, he remained oblivious to being the focus of gossip in the local bakery ‘that boy in the leg-warmers is a Mary-Anne.’”


54 GSCENE awash with Calvin Klones - all fuelled up with the pink dollar. Happy times! But no matter how hard we pumped, we never looked as buff as the pole-vaulter, or as handsome. Then something happened in the period between the Death of the Adonis and our arrival into the Bear Pit. Do you remember seeing those Benetton billboards for the first time? No Olympic athletes anymore but a Christ-like man dying of AIDS - his father holding onto his head as if there were something he’d forgotten, or never managed to tell him. Remember how cheated we felt? How incensed we became? Not long after that you began, for some reason, to get bigger and bigger. I was horrified when you stopped going to the gym and began ‘porking up’. I told you to shed some weight because we had to be even healthier in those dark times. But, as always, you had other ideas.

CHARLIE SAYS A letter to Daddy Bear, by Charlie Bauer Phd http://charliebauerphd.blogspot.co.uk ) Dear Daddy Bear, I thought of you the other day. The press have been having a field-day in London about two men kissing in what’s considered to be a public gay space. That is, they were in a gay venue adjacent to Gay Corner in Soho-mo. When I saw them in the paper, I thought their only crime might be that they looked like a pair of straight boys. I visited the same pub last week and as I wandered down Old Compton Street afterwards, I noticed that the majority of the men appeared to be quite young and healthy looking. What really hit me was that they all seemed to be so clean and shaved. Even in Compton’s after 10pm, I could hardly see any hair at all. I stood by myself at the bar and thought of our times at the Lone Star in San Francisco all those years ago - round about the time you were trying to cultivate your redneck body. It made me quite teary wondering where you’d gone, Daddy Bear. Only last week I was trying to explain to a gay-identified first-year student a little bit about our collective history. This young guy said he’d never really heard of HIV (or Hi-five as our friend Normy calls it). I was a little shocked. I asked him if he knew what a Bear was. You can imagine his answer. ‘How about an Otter?’ I said. He replied that it was something like a wet rat. I had to put him straight…

I told him that before ‘Bears’ there used to be ‘Clones’ – muscled, badass men with moustaches, smelling of poppers and sex. Nothing was ever taboo with Clones. These boys put what effort they had into their bodies - gone were the limp-wristed ideas of prize queens - they were the sexual warriors from the shadows. Sometimes they were shaved, sometimes not. But they were always hypermasculine, think Tom of Finland in 3D. I told the student how consumerism then took us over (he had no idea who Ronald Regan was) and how those gorgeous, mustachioed, macho heroes morphed yet again. I handed him a copy of a 1982 GQ that I keep handy. He studied the back page for a while, then ran his index finger down the smooth torso of the chiseled, tanned man before him, stopping only at the white undies. I remembered when I first saw the Bruce Webber billboard of the pole-vaulter in his tiny-whitey Calvins - I couldn’t believe that there could be anything more perfect that breathed oxygen. Then, before we knew it, everyone was at the gym and Polk Street was

For a while it was beyond me why you even wanted to look like a redneck. But then I somehow got it. After a while I did see your vision of healthiness in your new huge body. I knew that it was possibly the end result of that long winter of Hi5 and AIDS that we’d shivered through together. I remember you saying that it wasn’t just another body fad, that your size was a statement of your survival. In another letter you told me that being a Bear made you closer to heterosexuallyidentified men because there was never any threat. You told me that Bears got more straight sex because there was never a clash of masculinities (I dreamt on that one for ages!) You said that being a Bear was about as male as you could get while still being ‘gay’. You told me that Bears were narcissists. You told me that most Bears were white; that they were more often than not, professionals. You told me that Bears weren’t as wild as we think because Bears were always urban. You told me that Bears were reductive and GAYdepoliticized. You told me that porn had become too ‘shaved’ and hence, unnatural. You told me that Bears were the finest assault to the over-groomed and more virile than the bubble-butts could ever be. You told me that Bears were the way forward. Anyhow, when I looked back at the student he was staring back at me in horror - the beautiful pole-vaulter having slid to the floor between his feet. I wondered if he’d ever find a true hero. Maybe he never will… Are you still there, Daddy Bear? Can we kiss in public now? Charlie B (Remember me?)

“You told me that Bears were the finest assault to the over-groomed and more virile than the bubble-butts could ever be. You told me that Bears were the way forward”


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WALL’S WORDS

GAY WISDOM

BY MIKE WALL

BY GAY SOCRATES

THE BEARS ARE BACK IN TOWN

WE ARE STARDUST!

) Well another year has just rolled around again and it is time for the bears to descend on Brighton like bees to honey, and the honey traps have been set for yet another great time. By the way, did you know the collective term for a group of bears is a sleuth or sloth? I actually think that the collective term for gay bears should be a blunder of bears. I mean the movement not the alternative definition for a mistake! Anyway, I digress.

) A friend, just recently back from a meditation retreat in India, was reflecting with me on the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything… We got to talking about death and suffering, and the extent to which the unarticulated fear of death and chronic, painful terminal illness can loom over us, limiting how we might live our lives in the fullest possible way. My friend asked me, “Do you believe that all that you are disappears when you die?” My answer: “I don’t know - nobody knows!”

From looking at the programme of events it looks like another funpacked, hairy, alcohol-induced, sweaty weekend, starting on Thursday evening and running until Monday at 4am. It would appear that there are going to be a lot of bears with sore heads blundering (see what I did there?) their way through the streets of Brighton early on Monday morning. Every year I like to have a little fun and write a piece about the bears’ natural environment or their nocturnal exploits. This year I thought that the late Phil Lynott, showing my age here, would not mind me have a bit of fun with one of his most wellknown songs and adding my own twist to the lyrics. Guess who just got back today Them wild-eyed bears that had been away Haven't changed that much to say But man, I still think them bears are crazy They were asking if you were around How you was, where you could be found Told them you were living downtown Driving all the old men crazy The bears are back in town... You know that cub that used to dance a lot Every night he'd be on the floor, shaking what he got When I say he was cool he was red hot I mean, he was steaming And that time over at Johnny's place Well, this cub got up and he kissed Johnny's face Man, we just fell about the place If that cub don't want to know, forget him The bears are back in town... Spread the word around Guess who's back in town Just spread the word around Friday night they'll be dressed to kill Down on St James’s Street (hill!) The drink will flow and the bears will thrill And if the bears want to play, you better let them That speaker in the corner blasting out my favourite song The nights are getting warmer, it won't be long Won't be long till the summer comes Now that the bears are here again The bears are back in town... Spread the word around The bears are back in town... Been hanging down at Brighton town The bears are back in town again And they sure will be. Have a great weekend my ursine friends.

That, for me, is what makes it such an interesting journey to be on. It’s a journey I’ve been on from the moment my germinal ovum kissed one microscopically small tadpole of a sperm cell. Death and dying are the YIN to the YANG of life and living. I told my friend I was ready for death. Cultivating a fascination for my creeping decrepitude and decay was becoming my Next Big Project. He wondered how I had reached this contented level of equanimity towards a subject that most are programmed to avoid like the plague. On reflection it’s probably something to do with how I have come to feel about the questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What happens to ‘who I am’ in death?’

So, who am I? Apart from being a big old queer! My presence is indisputably in existence on a number of parallel levels: The scientist/materialist would say I am the sum total of all the atoms and molecules which make up the compounds, water, salts, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, cell walls and DNA of my body and all the electrostatic and electromagnetic forces around and between them. In death, every atom of this aspect of my presence is available for re-purposing elsewhere: Stardust to Stardust! The zoologist would say that I am a mammalian creature who has a survival instinct; hardwired to breathe, keep warm, drink, piss, eat, shit and f**k. The magician would say that I am a magickal creature, invested with my very own sovereign power to purposefully manifest. To energise thoughts and ideas, to authentically articulate and express emotions and to cultivate nature in all its aspects. As a Faerie, my presence is about acknowledging the full spectrum of my emotional life and giving this permission to take up space. I’m acknowledging my fears and developing a fierceness in my determination to become who I am purposed to be. Feeling relief as I connect to nature. Allowing myself to feel anger, awe, joy, love compassion and intuition. As a thinker, I have a presence which shows up as my thoughts, ideas, values and beliefs. Some believe this presence is who they are! I’m certain that all of these aspects of who I am will have an impact beyond the date of my death. Just as the presences of all my queer ancestors have impacted on my own sense of purpose. Beyond this, who knows what lives on. Soul? Nature Spirit?... Back to the Garden? I’ll know when it happens!


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MINDOUT

Breaking point or breakthrough point? www.mindout.org.uk ) Just when David thought things couldn't get any worse… He’d been feeling low for a while, he'd lost a close friend last year, and his relationship with his partner Will had ended a couple of years ago. They were together for seven years and David thought things had been going really well until Will talked about wanting different things. That's when things really changed for the worse. David had felt depressed ages ago, before he was ‘out’, and when he was bullied at college; but being with Will made him feel much better about himself. Now David had gone to work only to find out he was going to be made redundant. When his manager told him he felt shock go through his body, thoughts racing through his mind: “What am I going to do now? I’ll never get another job, was I just no good?”

need help, so he rang them back and agreed to meet someone for a chat. He found the MindOut worker welcoming and kind. It was good when they asked if he was or had been feeling suicidal - David found himself saying more than he had done in months. It was good to tell someone about wanting to end his life, they didn't seem to judge him or tell him what to do. They said they would keep everything confidential unless he was at risk. The worker talked about a support group for LGBT+ people called Out of the Blue. This was somewhere he could meet other people who were struggling like he was. He liked the melancholic picture on the flyer – someone sitting on a beach, looking out to sea.

David took himself to bed, it was a struggle to get up even to go to the toilet. He just wanted to shut the world out, it was all too much to cope with. He decided he couldn't go on like this, and thought about taking lots of sleeping pills so he didn't ever wake up again, so he didn't have to face the pain of his life. If nothing changed by this time next month, he decided he'd take an overdose. When that day came, David took a handful of pills, with tears rolling down his face. He managed a small handful but stopped, unsure about whether he really did want to die. He was so confused. In a split second, a part of him decided he needed help, so he grabbed a copy of Gscene magazine and rang the help numbers at the back – it was 2am, so he wasn't expecting any services to be open. The next day he woke up to the phone ringing. It was MindOut, where he had left a message with his name and number. They sounded calm and friendly and said they were from an LGBT+ mental health service. David decided he did

MindOut is expanding its suicide prevention work, with an additional peer support group to run each week. This means MindOut will be running two Out of the Blue peer support groups each week, alongside its other peer support groups, counselling, peer mentoring, advocacy and online support services. Phil Brooke, MindOut's Suicide Prevention worker, said: “LGBTQ people are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts or take their own lives than heterosexual people. I’m so pleased MindOut is expanding our suicide prevention services, including more peer support group sessions, more face-to-face support and instant-chat online support. We also want to encourage conversations about suicide in our communities, and reach more LGBTQ people who don’t currently seek support.” MindOut’s services are independent, nonjudgemental and empowering. For more info see www.mindout.org.uk, call 01273 234839 or email info@mindout.org.uk

EMERGENCY SELF-HELP PLAN If you're feeling suicidal, try this: ) Wait: try not to act in the heat of the moment, don’t do anything on impulse, decide not to do anything to harm yourself in this moment. When we’re very distressed, our brains shut down, which makes it very hard to know if we’re making good decisions. It feels like things will never change, but thoughts and feelings are always changing.

David had run up debts after his relationship ended, he didn't want to give up the flat they had lived in together, but it cost too much. He was scared he’d lose his home, become destitute. He had no friends to turn to, he'd drifted away, lost touch. “No point calling family,” he thought, “they never visit and they've never really liked me being gay.” Just when he needed someone, there wasn’t a soul. Memories of feeling hurt and rejected came flooding back, making David feel worthless. “What's the point?” he thought, “I've got no-one, and I have nothing, I can't see any point in living, it's always going to be a struggle and I'll never be happy.” David had experienced depressed thoughts like this before, wishing he didn't have to wake up or that he'd be killed in a freak accident.

OUT OF THE BLUE PEER SUPPORT

David joined the group. Listening to other people talking about their feelings made him feel like he wasn't the only one coping with feeling suicidal. The group gave him something to look forward to, he liked the other people very much, and wanted to be supportive of them. The more he talked, the more David started feeling better, regaining a sense of himself. Even though life was still really tough, he decided he didn't want to end it any more. In fact, he found himself getting worried about getting older, and wanted to do things to take care of his health.

) Talk to someone: try talking to someone before you do anything – it could be a family member, friend, a health professional or someone from a helpline. There are people out there who care and want to hear what you have to say. ) Seek help: make a decision to look after yourself and get help. This could be friends or family, your GP, A&E, crisis services or help lines. ) Keep yourself safe in the here and now: make a safe plan, this means making an agreement yourself, and someone else if you can, that you will not attempt suicide whilst help and support are being arranged.

WHERE TO FIND HELP IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING SUICIDE ) If you (or someone else) have harmed yourself and/or you think your life is at risk, then call emergency services on 999. ) If you feel you’re not able to keep yourself safe, and that you feel you’re in crisis or you’re considering A&E and don’t need immediate medical assistance, you should contact: Brighton Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) who can offer immediate support. Call 0300 304 0078 (24-hrs). Keep this info in a safe place in case you need it. ) Alternatively, go to A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where you can see

a mental health nurse from the Mental Health Liaison Team (you may have to wait). ) Call NHS Direct (24-hrs) 111 for advice, information and support. ) Contact GP and tell them how you’re feeling.

HELPLINES ) Samaritans (24-hrs): 01273 772277 or 116 123 (free to call), text 07725 909090, email jo@samaritans.org, or drop-in any day 10am10pm at Dubarry House, Newtown Road (near Hove Park Villas), Hove, BN3 6AE, ) Sussex Mental Health Line (5pm-9am, 24-hrs weekends and bank holidays): 0300 5000 101.


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HYDES’ HOPES

SCENE & DONE IT

BY REV MICHAEL HYDES

BY MICHAEL STEINHAGE

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

) I grew up believing that I wasn't wanted. Not by my family, who only loved the character role that I played. Not by my church, who only loved the young straight boy I pretended to be. Not by God, who I had been taught to believe hated homosexuals.

) I'm somewhat lost in the woods with this Bear Pride issue, being more of an epilated Otter myself. What I do have in common with my hairier cousins though is the conviction of knowing who I am, and isn't every Pride event about celebrating just that?

It's a horrible feeling, not being wanted, and as I grew up it was ground for some very unhealthy relationships. Even later in life it wasn't easy. The only gay men I knew were on TV. Camp caricatures I couldn't relate to. And when I went to the local provincial gay bar I was ignored. I wasn't pretty, camp, or a clone. I couldn't dance. I didn't like drugs. I was a wallflower in bars, certainly not part of a community.

So this month, I'm sharing a letter I once wrote, because it wasn't always so...

Even when I moved from the town to the city, the only places I really felt comfortable were the back rows of some porno cinema, or cruising on Hampstead Heath. I felt sheltered by the anonymity, and as superficial as it was, if someone wanted to have sex with me I felt wanted. Certainly not a healthy foundation for self-worth. But then the bears started to come out of the woods and my world changed. I became a regular at the Kings Arms in Poland Street and XXL, and started to feel comfortable in my own skin. It was liberating. Then I came to MCC, where I found a God who wanted me just the way I was and who had given sex and sexuality as gifts to enjoy. It was amazing. Only when I began to see myself as attractive and desirable did I begin to look for what I truly found attractive and desirable in others. And only when I was sure that God wanted to be a part of my life, and didn't want to change me, was I able to challenge some long held beliefs. Some I kept, most I ditched. Freedom.

Dear 16-year-old Mike, Wait, let's have a second to picture you. There. Holy Gaga, I forgot that acne! Zoom out! Ah, never mind, it clears up in a few years, believe it or not. So, where to start? Hello I guess. It’s me. I mean you. Us. Indeed. We certainly have changed. Afraid so, not a single hair left on that head, but we suit the beard don’t you think? One thing you can relax about. We also go to the gym now and don’t look like a toast rack anymore. Indeed, you, the boy who can’t throw, kick, or catch anything apart from the cold. Gonna catch a few more things in your time! But let’s not scare you off, I’ve come here to talk about... oh don’t blush, I’m you, remember? I was there last night, the dance, Stephanie. And you're absolutely right, you’re not in love with her. But that’s not the reason you didn’t try to snog her or put your hand under her crop top when Purple Rain started playing and she pulled you close. It’s, uhm... how to best cut through this thick pink fog of denial? Well, remember the other day when you walked past Mark in the showers? Mark with the abs, wrapped in a short towel, and the towel slipped? Yeah. That's why.

“I know how lonely you are right now. I know that you feel like there’s no one like you and that you’re scared and ashamed and hopeless...” I went to the Big Apple Bearfest in New York and met my husband. Handsome, tall, slim, athletic, but more than that he was generous, principled, and educated. Under any other set of circumstances I would have seen him as way out of my league. But he was running the bear event so I reckoned that there was a pretty good chance he liked bears. We've been together over 15 years now, and I love him more and more deeply every day. I became chaplain to the New York Metrobears. Friday night and the Dugout would be packed with bears and admirers enjoying cut price beer. I would often be found in a corner praying with someone, or listening as they unburdened themselves of some problem. My community. My people. My calling. For a boy who grew up feeling unwanted it was surreal. And amazing. The message at the heart of the bear community is that you are fabulous just the way you are. The message at MCC is that you are perfect just the way you are. Both messages affirm who you are. And only when you feel secure in your own skin can you truly find out who you are, or dare to be vulnerable with another human being. For a big chunk of this I thank God. And for the rest, I thank the bears.

Hey, don't start crying! Really, don't, cause guess what? That’s what I came here to say, it's not all bad! In fact, it's actually rather great! As astonishing as it sounds now, our life will be filled with friends, fun and more good times than is really good for us. Stop agonising about the family too, you should see what mum put on Facebook just the other day! What’s face..? Ah, incredible! Seems impossible that there was a time when we used to... but back to the point. You’re okay. Or rather, you will be. I know how lonely you are right now. I know that you feel like there’s no one like you and that you’re scared and ashamed and hopeless. I also know how hard you’re pretending. You have to be none of those things. I’m here to tell you that it’ll all be fine and that it gets better. So much better! Chin up, you hear me? You could save us a few years you know. Oh and just before I go, in the late 1990s make sure to invest in a company called Apple, the ones who made the PC we got from uncle Jeff. And for God’s sake, stop dying your hair red, you look like an idiot!


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TRANSITIONING WITH SUGAR Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! By Ms Sugar Swan but that's all it was for me, a costume. I grew in a huge beard, my tall, wide frame lent itself to a belly and plenty of muscle which I adorned with tattoos, a chest pelt and my pathetic wisps of hair that remained from my male pattern baldness, wet shaved, completed the look. It was a good look on me. I fitted in, it was comfortable and I was deemed a very attractive bear - there was only one problem, I wasn't one. The bear scene turned out to be a very unhealthy place for me. The type of masculinity portrayed in bear subculture was one which was really quite toxic to me. I was praised for a set of physical attributes, attributes that I had carefully cultured, but unfortunately were a hiding place for me. Instead of being a place that I felt at home, that I belonged, the bear label soon became a prison to me. When I first came out as non-binary and started presenting as a femme bear, albeit still with the beard and chest hair, but in makeup, I started to get the side eye. I was no longer conforming to a rigid stereotype of what a bear was, and the subculture didn't like that. I was told, many times, directly to my face and online that I was 'losing my bearishness' and that that was something negative. ) The Munchkins, a good witch, a wicked witch, and ruby slippers. A yellow brick road, a paradise, an all-seeing entity that can grant us that which we are lacking. We all know the story, we can all relate. As a lifelong 'friend of Dorothy' I have always felt close to this story, and in this month’s 'Bears' edition of Gscene, its narrative is one that mirrors many aspects of LGBTQ subculture.

When I started to wear breast forms, I think, that was the straw that broke the bear’s back. I was no longer made to feel welcome as part of this community. It struck me as most strange at the time as by its very definition the bear subculture is one that understands what it’s like to be rejected by the mainstream LGBTQ culture and I’d hoped for a little more understanding, however I was not afforded it.

Just as our young protagonist, Dorothy Gale, a scared, confused girl sung of a place where dreams really do come true, when we find LGBTQ subculture that works for us, we can often feel like we have found our very own somewhere over the rainbow. After a lifetime of being told that we’re too tall, short, fat, thin, femme, butch or awkward to fit in anywhere else, queer culture finally feels like a place where we belong - but what happens when that place no longer feels that you belong to it? This is where the intersectionality of being seen transitioning from bear to trans woman clashed.

As I moved across from my non-binary femme identity to that of a binary woman and I began my hormonal and surgical transition, the beard went and the facial surgery came,

For many years I did a relatively good job of hiding my gender underneath a bear costume,

the chest hair went and my breasts came, and the hair surgery brought back my (goldie) locks. I shed the muscle that I’d worked so hard to hide behind and my belly started to roll into my new found hips, and as time elapsed I looked less and less like a bear. With the passage of time, I’m now able to go for a drink on the bear scene without the hostility I was once met with. This begs the question: Why? Why am I accepted now but I wasn’t then? After a lot of consideration and discussion I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m now seen as the female friend of a bear rather than someone trying to be part of the community - and a friend of the scene is something they can get their heads round whereas a trans feminine bear was something they made very clear to me they would not. This saddens me and I would have hoped for more tolerance and understanding around this, for if bears did not feel oppressed by mainstream LGBTQ culture there would be no need for events like Brighton Bear Weekend. So it had been made very clear to me that a trans feminine bear was not something that would be tolerated (apart from the beautiful Brighton Muscle Bear who still kisses me with as much gusto and excitement under his kilts as he did 10 years ago, you know who you are), but how would the trans masculine be tolerated? I spoke to a range of trans masculine bearidentifying people and they had very mixed experiences to report. Some trans men who identify as bears say they have to fight hard for their place in the community and despite their beard, their shaved head, their tattoos and their chest hair, having a vagina seems to disqualify them. This is disappointing to hear but not exactly surprising. It’s counteracted somewhat though by friends of mine who feel that the Brighton bear scene, at least, does not exclude them solely on account of being vagina owners. They tell me that bears understand what it feels like to be excluded and to be pushed aside for someone younger, fitter and adhering to the white, hairless, tanned, muscle guy we see on flyers for most gay male events. This acceptance at the intersectionality of trans men and bears brings me hope for the joined future of all LGBTQ subcultures. I wish all you bears out there a very Happy Brighton Bear Weekend and I hope that somewhere your dreams really do come true.

“I’m now seen as the female friend of a bear rather than someone trying to be part of the community - and a friend of the scene is something they can get their heads round whereas a trans feminine bear was something they made very clear to me they would not”


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SAM TRANS MAN The society we live in. Dr Samuel Hall on perpetuating toxic masculinity and the privileges afforded to men. ) I keep all my Gscene columns in a folder on the desktop of my laptop. Every now and again I have cause to read back through my previous musings, sometimes out of curiosity, at other times looking for inspiration or a different angle on trans lives. A piece of advice I often give patients who are struggling with their mental health is to look back a year, or even just six months, and see how things have changed. Because we are all moving forward, all the time, and we’re far better at remembering the negatives, it’s inevitable that this kind of retrospection offers some relief from present distress, even if only by reminding us that things have changed. So I took a peek at this time last year’s column to see how I have moved forward… I’m well and truly ‘out’ in all aspects of my life. Compared to a year ago, this is notable. I was struggling with being out in the workplace, fearful of discrimination at the hands of my colleagues or faceless entities in the wider NHS. I still have a morbid fear of the GMC, the doctor’s regulatory body, an organisation I consider to be extremely bigoted, and which represents the worst aspects of my profession. It’s unfortunate that cis, hetero, white male privilege still presides in the medical hierarchy, and in my opinion drives continuing healthcare inequalities. But I don’t want to get too political here. Or rather, I do, but not about the NHS. That is for another day and another time. Suffice to say that my personal progress, in the last year, has been significant in that I’m finally out at work. This is courtesy of the people around me who give me the support I need to exhibit the necessary courage. Being ‘out’ as trans feels increasingly uncomfortable in the UK today. There’s an ongoing and unpleasant tension between the demand for equality for trans and non-binary people, and the very real threat perceived by women who have fought long and hard for their rights as

an oppressed minority. Wading into this battle as someone who is often seen as a cis, heterosexual man feels somewhat dangerous at times, yet wade in I must. As a transgender man who passes (is seen as a man by society), I’ve acquired male privilege. I didn’t ask for it, it came my way unbidden as I progressed through my transition. As a result I feel a constant internal battle going on, because I move through the world with such ease, expecting (and getting) my needs met, and being listened to an afforded kudos I don’t deserve, warrant, or ask for. People often express surprise when I try to explain this they ask me for examples but I’m unable to supply any. I just feel it. I cant really explain or illustrate it. All I know is that I’m being afforded more respect now that I’m seen as male. This is both horrifying and revealing. I like it - who wouldn’t?

“We all participate in perpetuating a toxic masculinity which in turn creates a hierarchy that continues to oppress others” But I hate that this is a real thing, that men, and white men in particular, are privileged by all of us. We all participate in perpetuating a toxic masculinity which in turn creates a hierarchy that continues to oppress others; women, gender and sexual minorities, people with disabilities and mental ill-health, the homeless, the poor, those with a different culture, creed or colour. All of these, and many more, with a multitude of often intersecting disadvantages, are being trodden on by the

race to the top, which can only be won if you’re none of the above. We live in a capitalist, business-driven, money obsessed society that tells us we’ll do better, be better, live better lives if we only work a bit harder to achieve our dreams. But the reality is you have to have some kind of head-start to get ahead, and life deals out golden tickets only to those who can afford them. I know this is a generalisation and that there are plenty people who have done amazing things with their lives despite atrocious starting positions, but the point is simply that a head-start translates for the most part into a top slot in the hierarchy. If you get a head-start simply by being born in that place, at that time, into that family, it’s not really your hard work that counts towards your success, it’s your privilege. I can see this in relation to my career as a doctor. I came from a middle-class family who encouraged a university education and was led to believe that it was my right to do so. I was entitled and privileged as an 18-year-old entering medical school, thinking I had worked hard to get there. But really I didn’t, I was quite bright with an aptitude for science and had little difficulty in passing exams, but I was extremely lazy. What saved me was being sent to a boarding school from 13-18 years old. This last fact alone accounts for my medical school place, and it cost money. I didn’t get there on merit, I got there on a golden ticket and a special form of nepotism in the medical profession. A leg up or a shoe-in. My grandfather had been a GP, and although no longer alive at the time, my perception was that this career choice was open to me for the simple reason that he’d been there and done it. I must have carried that confidence into my interviews and beyond, because even though at the time I was presenting as female, I was claiming something I saw as rightfully mine, which wasn’t the case at all. Such arrogance isn’t malicious or intentional. It’s the mark of an undeveloped person. Thankfully I’ve moved on since then, and see my professional qualification not only as something to be extremely grateful for, but also hope that I can and will continue to use it for the good of humanity. Which is best done, I suspect, as an openly proud transgender man.

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60 GSCENE what’s happening. It talks you through possible reasons as to why you feel this way. But often we try to shut this out as our stronger, panicky brain takes control. Thus, we fail to process the feeling fully and can't move on, or in David's case find a way out. Previously, another hero, by the name of Xavier, made an attempt on the Shadow King’s life via a telepathic battle. Unfortunately he failed. Xavier killed the mutant’s physical form, sending him to the ‘astral plane’. But remnants of the creature still existed, and so he’s able to take over his victims once again.

I HAVE A PHOBIA How a TV character taught me about my phobia. By Ray A-J. ) Have you heard of the Shadow King? He’s a creature: a disgusting, bloated, leech of a creature that exists in the Marvel Comics' universe. His ‘power’ is to latch onto a person, slowly sucking the consciousness out of them until he can take over their whole body, controlling it like his puppet. He’s an entity of physic energy that feasts on negative emotions. He is a phobia. Throughout the story of the superhero Legion, the Shadow King plagues Legion's mind with warped memories and false insecurities. He manifests himself into a barrage of memories, manipulating them to his will, and inserting himself into the hero's life. He even goes so far as to make Legion think he's schizophrenic. But how is he like a phobia? The Shadow King was born out of the first nightmare. Created from fear, the creature absorbed the feeling - fed off the pain like a disease. He feasts on the host's terror, residing as a manifestation of the darkest parts in their subconscious. Ironically, this is where a phobia lives too. Not only can he control your mind, robbing you of all rationality, but he can morph into anything and shape-shift into various creatures. For Legion, the monster took on the guise of best friend Lenny and even a fake pet dog named King. And like a phobia he can develop - manifest himself into more than your original fear. Once he has control of you, he can produce volts of a psionic force, which cause severe psychic shock, or freeze you in fear. A phobia too forces your body to react in a way that is

out of control from your conscious. All the beast wants is power, and he cannot be stopped by willpower alone. To destroy the monster thoroughly, you need to block his psychic wavelength/energy and dissolve him through your brain's power. Much like a phobia, you can’t kill it without cutting out its imprint on your mind and body's response. In the comics, the character Forge created a neurosynaptic buffer to carry out this task. Thus, they were snipping the beast’s ability to tap into the victim's brain and set off the remnants of energy. In the TV series Legion, the main hero, David Haller, is forced into a conversation with his rational mind in order to defeat the villain controlling him. David’s in a panic, trapped in a ‘mental coffin’ and desperately trying to understand what’s just happened to him. Then all of a sudden he’s joined by an English version of himself. The other David explains: “I’m your rational mind. You're having a breakdown, a stress response. Your power is kicking in to save you. It created me.” And just like David, when you experience a phobia your brain scrambles for a way of rationalising it. Your body’s fight or flight (‘stress response’) is called to action, forcing you to panic. And thus ‘your power is kicking in to save you’. But your brain tries to regain control, vainly attempting to understand

I too fed into the belief that I’d killed off my phobia, when I tried cognitive behavioural therapy. I subjected myself to the trigger over and over until my response was tamed. Stupidly, I thought that meant I was over it - I was free. But seeing that trigger again recently, I realised I was wrong. I had only ‘killed its physical form’; it still remained deep in my subconscious or ‘astral plane’. Because of the sheer time that method takes, I wasn't fully rid of my phobia and there was still room for my Shadow King to reappear. Just like a phobia that has lived with its victim for years, the Shadow King has unnervingly favourable qualities. When you have a fear for a long time, you can become attached to it; you believe it’s a part of you which makes it difficult to let go of. Naturally, fear protects us from harm - without it we’d get run over or die. So our mind needs it. However, an irrational phobia thinks it’s protecting you from harm, but it’s not. It’s irrational so the trigger can’t actually hurt you. Therefore we don’t really need it to survive. But we still think we do. This belief is a ‘secondary gain’. The body tries to heal itself by triggering the fight or flight, and craftily convinces you to rely on that to the point where you become attached to your phobia. The Shadow King too utilises this manipulation; he can physically heal his host’s body. Therefore they’re tricked into keeping him and surrendering control. Even how the Shadow King first took over David is reminiscent of a phobia. The first seed in the tree of fear (known as an initial sensitising event) is when David was introduced to a book as a child, The World's Angriest Boy in the World - yes that's really the title. The story details a young boy whom becomes so enraged when told to go to bed that he kills his mother and various other people. This disturbing memory struck David first, and was imbedded into his brain by the monster. Having been repressed by David, the event waits patiently to be retriggered - just like a phobia.

“When you have a fear for a long time, you can become attached to it; you believe it’s a part of you which makes it difficult to let go of.”


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● BRIGHTON GEMS Social group for gay men over 50 with several events every month inc meeting at Dorset Gardens 2nd Monday of month 2.30pm last Fri of month 7-9pm. For info email info@brightongems.com www.brightongems.com

● BRIGHTON & HOVE POLICE Report all homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incidents to: 24/7 assistance call Police on 101 (for emergencies 999) Report online at: www.sussex.police.uk LGBT team (not 24/7) email: LGBT@sussex.pnn.police.uk • LGBT Officer PC James Breeds: Tel: 101 ext 558168 James.breeds@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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● SUSSEX BEACON 24 hour nursing & medical care, day care 01273 694222 or www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

● TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SERVICES For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm 01273 764200 or info.brighton@tht.org.uk

• Venue Outreach: info on HIV, sexual health, personal safety, safer drug/alcohol use, free condoms/lubricant for men who have sex with men • The Bushes Outreach Service @ Dukes Mound: advice, support, info on HIV & sexual health, and free condoms & lube • Netreach (online/mobile app outreach in Brighton & Hove): info/advice on HIV/sexual health/local services. THT Brighton Outreach workers online on Grindr, Scruff, & Squirt • Condom Male: discreet, confidential service posts free condoms/lube/sexual health info to men who have sex with men without access to East Sussex commercial gay scene • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV • Fastest (HIV testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service open to MSM (Men who have sex with Men). Anyone from the African communities, male and female sex workers and anyone who identifies as Trans or non-binary. We now offer rapid 15 minutes results for HIV/Syphilis: Mon 10am-8pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm (STI testing available) • Sauna Fastest at The Brighton Sauna (HIV testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men, results in 20 minutes: Wed: 6–8pm (STI testing available) • Face2Face: confidential info & advice on sexual health & HIV for men who have sex with men, up to 6 one hour appointments • Specialist Training: wide range of courses for groups/ individuals, specific courses to suit needs • Counselling: from qualified counsellors for up to 12 sessions for people living with/affected by HIV • What Next? Thurs eve, 6 week peer support group work programme for newly diagnosed HIV+ gay men • HIV Support Services: info, support & practical advice for people living with/affected by HIV • HIV Welfare Rights Advice: Find out about benefits or benefit changes. Advice line: Tue–Thur 1:30-2:30pm. 1-2-1 appts for advice & workshops on key benefits

● TERRENCE HIGGINS EASTBOURNE Dyke House, 110 South St, Eastbourne, BN21 4LZ, 01323 649927 or info.eastbourne@tht.org.uk • HIV Services support for HIV diagnosis, managing side effects, sex & relationships, understanding medication, talking to your doctor, finding healthier lifestyle. Assessment of support needs and signposting on to relevant services. Support in person, by phone or email. • Support for people at risk of HIV confidential info and advice on sexual health & HIV for men who have sex with men. Up to 3 one hour appointments depending on need. Sessions in person or on phone. • Web support & info on HIV, sexual health & local services via netreach and myhiv.org.uk • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV.

● SEXUAL HEALTH WORTHING Free confidential tests & treatment for STIs inc HIV; Hep A & B vaccinations. Worthing based 0845 111345645

NATIONAL HELPLINES ● NATIONAL LGBT DOMESTIC ABUSE HELPLINE at galop.org.uk and 0800 999 5428 ● SWITCHBOARD 0300 330 0630 ● POSITIVELINE (EDDIE SURMAN TRUST) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat & Sun 4-10pm 0800 1696806 ● MAINLINERS 02075 825226 ● NATIONAL AIDS HELPLINE 08005 67123 ● NATIONAL DRUGS HELPLINE 08007 76600 ● THT AIDS Treatment phoneline 08459 470047 ● THT direct 0845 1221200


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